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Jay Leno (born April 28, 1950) is an American television presenter, stand-up comedian, actor and writer who made cameo appearances in Seasons 2.0 and 3.0 of Comedy Central BattleBots as the face of the 450lb exhibition robot Chinkilla.

Jay Leno winner BattleBots

Jay Leno is declared the winner of an exhibition battle.

Jay Leno Show BattleBots

Lisa Winter and Christian Carlberg on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2000.

As well as appearing on BattleBots itself, Leno hosted various competitors onto his own late night talk show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which aired on NBC from 1992 until 2010, and then from 2011 until 2014. He also hosted the Tilford family and Mauler to his show.

During his October 25, 2000 show Leno invited Lisa Winter and Christian Carlberg as well as their robots, Tentoumushi and Toe-Crusher. In November, he introduced Chinkilla ahead of Season 2.0's premiere on Comedy Central in December 2000.[1]

Tonight Show with Jay Leno Chinkilla

Jay Leno and Chinkilla on his show in November 2000.

Chinkilla itself was a large robot which exceeded the 340lb weight limit for superheavyweight competitors. As such, it could not compete in the main competition and was instead given various exhibition battles. The design was based on Leno's face, with the lifting scoop being a nod to his prominent jaw as a result of mandibular prognathism. It won two of its three battles, with no winner being declared in the other.

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Born in New Rochelle, New York, Leno grew up in Massachusetts and earned a bachelor's degree in speech therapy from Emerson's College. In 1973, he began a comedy club at the college, kickstarting his career in stand-up.

He appeared on various television and film projects during the 1970s, performing a routine on The Tonight Show in 1977, then hosted by the late Johnny Carson, who Leno considered a comedic influence. He became a popular substitute for Carson in the late 1980s and ultimately replaced him as permanent host in 1992.

Jay Leno has received an abundance of awards and recognition for his work in television over the years, largely for his involvement with The Tonight Show but also for other projects such as Jay Leno's Garage. He was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000 and won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2014.