According to the former host of NBC's "The Tonight Show," the official name of the show wasn't always "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
"It was supposed to be 'The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno,'" the comedian tells CNBC.
However, when Leno told his mom about the great gig he had landed, she gave him a hard time for the connotation that came with the word "starring."
"My mother's from Scotland, so you try not to blow your horn too much," recalls Leno. "When I told her I got the Tonight Show, she goes, 'Oh, starring Jay Leno. OK, Mr. Bigshot.'"
"So I said, 'OK, Mom, I'm going to change it.' And for my mom's sake, I made it 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,' so I didn't look like a showboat."
"I'm a huge believer in low self-esteem. If you don't think you're the smartest person in the room, you'll probably listen better," Leno says. "Never think you're better, or for any reason, smarter. Just keep working and plugging away."
CNBC's "Jay Leno's Garage" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET.