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UPDATE: NBC: Leno Recovering Well, Will Return Monday

Apr. 24 2009, Updated 10:05 a.m. ET

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Jay Leno is feeling better, NBC said, but will take off Friday's show to rest.

Leno missed his first show in 17 years Thursday after he checked into into Burbank's Providence St. Joseph Medical Center for observation after he fell ill, his rep, Dick Guttman, told RadarOnline.com. Guttman said Leno's ailment was "mild."

"Jay Leno is doing just fine," the network tells RadarOnline.com. "He was kidding around with the hospital staff and running his monologue jokes by the doctors and the nurses. He's expected back to work on Monday."

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The 58-year-old funnyman's Tonight Show run ends May 29; Conan O' Brien takes over as host June 1.

We here at RadarOnline.com wish Jay a speedy recovery. (Photo: WENN)

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