KARE 11's Eric Perkins slips into Leno's final goodbye - Bring Me The News

KARE 11's Eric Perkins slips into Leno's final goodbye

Author:
Publish date:

Most viewers probably missed it, but Minnesota slipped into a moment of TV history last week.

TV talk show legend Jay Leno did his final "Tonight" show Thursday, and the comedian mentioned Minnesota in his final monologue, featuring a backyard luge story by KARE 11's Eric Perkins.

Perkins is no newcomer to the backyard luge. He folded his 6-foot-4 frame into a saucer and hit the icy track in a Crystal yard last month. He also sailed down an icy track in Elk River.

But the clip you'll see in Leno's final show had Perkins hollering as he careens down a backyard luge track in Cologne. "A lot of it is just me screaming," Perkins told the Star Tribune. He said he didn't know "Tonight" would be using his story.

The moment comes at about 4:30 in this video:

Next Up

Related

Eric Perkins named KARE 11 sports director

KARE 11 weekend mainstay Eric Perkins has been named the station's new sports director, the station announced Thursday. Perkins will join Julie Nelson, Randy Shaver and Belinda Jensen at the anchor desk weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. Perkins also does sports radio broadcasts for BringMeTheNews.