USA TODAY - Sandra Bullock stopped by Jay Leno's Tonight Show on Wednesday to chat about Gravity and say a teary farewell to the late-night host who signs off tonight.
Leno thanked Bullock for "coming here all these years" and said the first time he saw her in Wrestling Ernest Hemingway in 1993, she just "popped" on screen. "I went, 'Oh my God, this person's got to be a big star.' And it all came true."
Taking his hand, Bullock said she wanted to say something. "I'm going to start crying," she said, choking up and taking a deep breath.
"You've always been so kind. That's saying a lot in this business, because we like to be mean," Bullock said. "There's not been one time that you haven't treated me like I had something to offer - even when the film was horrible and you knew it, you never let me see it in your eyes."
She added: "When I made crazy life decisions, you never questioned. You were so welcoming. ... I just felt special, even when I felt very insecure. And everyone in this room and in this country has felt this every day that you have been in their home."
"Well, you are special," Leno said, kissing Bullock's hand.
Other guests included Carrot Top and director Kevin Smith.
Leno told the audience he'd been cleaning out his office, and found some things his star guests had left over the years. Among them - Justin Bieber's diary and a bong. After Leno read from the diary, director Kevin Smith showed up to claim the bong - noting it held less weed than when he'd left it.
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