For the first time since Michael Jackson’s death in June 2009, Janet Jackson will visit a late-night network talk show when she appears on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on March 18, Access Hollywood can exclusively reveal.
Jackson will join Leno for an interview, however, she will not perform. The musical guest that night will be Australian artist Orianthi, who was actually Michael Jackson’s lead guitarist during rehearsals for his “This Is It” tour, a trek which sadly never made it to the London stage.
Janet Jackson’s “Tonight Show” appearance will mark her second network interview since her brother’s death after sitting down with ABC’s Robin Roberts in November.
Janet Jackson is the latest big name NBC has drawn to welcome Leno back to the “Tonight Show.”
Jamie Foxx, Lindsey Vonn, Sarah Palin, Apolo Anton Ohno and Adam Lambert have been among the names to grace the stage since Leno’s return on March 1. Matthew McConuaghey is set to appear on Thursday’s show. Additionally, Kristen Stewart, Simon Cowell and Kim Kardashian are among the celebrities who will join Leno next week.
In addition to the stars, the viewers also gave Leno a warm welcome — his “Tonight Show” return drew 6.6 million viewers on Monday night.