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Posted: Thursday, May 1, 2003 10:44 am | Updated: 1:28 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

WHITESBURG, Ky. - "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno has apologized to an eastern Kentucky doctor for insinuating that he looked like Adolf Hitler.

In a recent bit in which Leno goofed on newspaper ads, he showed an ad announcing that Dr. Ricky Collins would be joining the staff of a local medical clinic.

The ad included a photograph of Collins, who has dark hair and a small mustache, with the words: "A familiar face in a new place."

"There's Ricky Collins," Leno said in the routine. "He's no longer the chancellor of Germany. He's now a doctor."

Leno said he didn't intend to offend Collins or his wife, who called to complain, but he insisted the photograph was funny.

"The key to the whole thing is it says here's a friendly face and he's scowling," Leno said.

Still, Leno said the apology was sincere. "I said you're a really nice man, and your wife is very upset, and I'm sorry," he told The Mountain Eagle of Whitesburg.

Collins said he accepted the apology. Leno also donated $500 to a charity that builds homes for the poor in the Appalachian region after he learned that Collins serves on the group's board of directors.

"It's not one of those things I've dwelled on," Collins said of the wisecrack. "Call it fortunate, unfortunate - something good did come out of it."

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