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Leno to headline show as benefit for Las Vegas

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Jay Leno, host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" and a frequent Las Vegas headliner, will give a free performance Saturday at the MGM Grand hotel-casino.

"I talked to some friends in Las Vegas, and they said the town is pretty empty," Leno told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "Las Vegas has been good to me, and I wanted to give something back. I thought it would be fun to do."

The comedian said he was prompted to do the free show after hundreds of Strip employees lost their jobs when hotel occupancies plummeted after the attacks.

"All I ask is that you tip your waiters and waitresses," Leno said. "We have to turn this situation around."