Kevin Eubanks to Leave ‘The Tonight Show’

After 18 years of being on board, bandleader and sidekick host Kevin Eubanks finally said goodbye to “The Tonight Show” on Friday.

The 52-year-old television star is known to many as a guitarist and as Jay Leno’s sidekick. Eubanks has been part of the show since 1992, and eventually became the show’s musical director in 1995.

As early as last April, the popular “Tonight” wingman already announced his plans to resign. Following his cue will be the other five members of the “Tonight” band. Reports said Rickey Minor, once the band leader on American Idol, will replace him.

“I don’t think we’ve ever had an argument. We’ve had a lot of fun,” said Leno.

According to Eubanks, he loved the show, and although the decision was very difficult for him, he thinks it was the right choice.