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Jay Leno's 'Tonight' Return Includes Cowell, Palin & 'Jersey Shore'

NBC has announced the guest list for the first two weeks of 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno', which returns on March 1.

Leno, reclaiming the show from Conan O'Brien, will welcome former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, 'American Idol' judge Simon Cowell, the cast of MTV's 'Jersey Shore' and Olympians Apolo Anton Ohno, Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn (photosLindsey Vonn photos).

Palin is set to appear on Leno's second evening back on March 2. A big score for Leno since it will be her first late-night talk show appearance to date, despite repeated requests by rival David Letterman.

Musical guests will include Brad Paisley, Avril Lavigne (photosAvril Lavigne photos), and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

This lineup is bad news for Conan O'Brien backers, who hoped A-listers would boycott Leno's return to 'The Tonight Show'.

Check out the complete guest list below:

March 1: Jamie Foxx, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn and a musical performance by Brad Paisley.

March 2: Sarah Palin, Olympic snowboarder Shaun White.

March 3: 'Jaywalk All-Stars' with the cast of 'Jersey Shore', Chelsea Handler, speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno and a musical performance by Avril Lavigne.

March 4: Matthew McConaughey and Jason Reitman.

March 5: Morgan Freeman and Meredith Vieira.

March 8: Simon Cowell.

March 9: Oscar-nominee Christoph Waltz, the animal expert Dave Salmoni and a musical performance by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

March 10: Kristen Stewart (photosKristen Stewart photos) and Guy Fieri.

March 11: Dana Carvey and Kim Kardashian (photosKim Kardashian photos), with a musical performance by Colbie Caillat.

March 12: Dakota Fanning and Judd Apatow.

February 23, 2010 |

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