Entertainment – Jay Leno show to exit prime time from 13 February
MUMBAI: NBC has announced that the Jay Leno Show will have its last prime time run on 12 February. Surprisingly, the show is being pulled off within five months after it started airing.
According to NBC Universal Television Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin, the show would be relocated to the 11:35 pm slot and become a half-hour programme with The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien following at 12:05 am and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon at 1:05 am.
Said Gaspin, “It was important to me that I give Conan something important and that is The Tonight Show. What would be important to Jay is telling jokes at 11:30. I obviously couldn’t satisfy either with 100 per cent of what they wanted. That is why I came up with this compromise.”
The ball appears to be in O’Brien’s court: Keep the “Tonight Show” title but go back to airing after Leno, a time period demotion, or walk to another network.
CBS has said that there’s no room for O’Brien at CBS which confirmed Saturday that The Late Show With David Letterman and The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson will soon have new deals that keep both programmes on CBS at least through 2012.
ABC has also no place for O’Brien, but Fox has expressed some interest.
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