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Jay Leno speaks at the 32nd Anniversary Carousel of Hope Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 23, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Jay Leno speaks at the 32nd Anniversary Carousel of Hope Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 23, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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CAMBRIDGE (AP) – 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.”

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With the honor, Leno follows in the footsteps of his “The Tonight Show” mentor Johnny Carson, who was named Man of the Year in 1997.

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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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