Updated Nov 29, 2013 - 3:20 pm
Tarantino says farewell to Leno, hints at next movie project
Oscar-winner Quentin Tarantino stopped by "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Tuesday for probably the last time, according to The Huffington Post.
Leno took over "The Tonight Show" from the late Johnny Carson over 20 years ago, and Tarantino was one of his guests way back in 1992, Leno's first year of hosting the show.
Tarantino was invited on the show as a "civilian guest," after Leno had read that a young man named Quentin Tarantino was working in a video store while writing an independent screenplay called "Reservoir Dogs."
That breakthrough appearance -- and every subsequent appearance on the show -- was very meaningful to Tarantino.
"Getting ready to come on the show today, I have been thinking about the last 20 years of coming on here and just what a good friend you've been to me and how cool this show has been and supporting me and stuff," Tarantino told Leno.
Tarantino revealed that he kept the coffee mug from his first appearance and has even continued to do so every appearance since. Leno then surprised him with a goodbye gift: A mug with "Best Director" printed on it.
Before his interview was up, Tarantino hinted at what his next film project will be.
"I haven't told anybody this publicly, but I will say the genre: It's a Western. It's another Western," Tarantino said. "It's not a 'Django' sequel. I had so much fun doing 'Django,' and I love Westerns so much that after I taught myself how to make one, I was like, 'Let me make another one, now that I know what I'm doing.'"
Leno will host his final "Tonight Show" on Feb. 6, before passing the job on to "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon.