Leno named Hasty Pudding man of the year

Is Leno's latest award a slap in the face to Harvard alum Conan O'Brien?

Published January 24, 2011 7:51PM (EST)


Talk-show host and comedian Jay Leno has been named Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Man of the Year.

The Massachusetts native is scheduled to receive his pudding pot at a roast on Feb. 4.

Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation's oldest undergraduate drama troupe, said "The Tonight Show" host was selected because he has "entertained millions of people over his long and accomplished career in comedy."

With the honor, Leno follows in the footsteps of his "The Tonight Show" mentor Johnny Carson, was named Man of the Year in 1977.

Actress Julianne Moore was named Hasty Pudding's Woman of the Year last week.

The awards are presented annually to performers who have made a lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment.

(This version CORRECTS that Carson won the award in 1977, not 1997.)


By Associated Press

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