Jay Leno Returning to Tonight Show; Conan O'Brien's Future Uncertain

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NBC is trying to squash rumors that Jay Leno will soon return to The Tonight Show stage.

According to various reports, the 10 p.m. time slot has been a failure for the comedian. These sources state his talk show will take a hiatus on February 1 and return in early March (after NBC airs the Olypics) - at 11:30 p.m.

What would this move mean for Conan O'Brien's future at the network? It's unclear. Ratings for his stint as host of The Tonight Show have been lower than expected.

With this rumor swirling, NBC has released the following statement, which appears to support Leno remaining in primetime, but doesn't guarantee it:

"Jay Leno is one of the most compelling entertainers in the world today. As we have said all along, Jay's show has performed exactly as we anticipated on the network. It has, however, presented some issues for our affiliates. Both Jay and the show are committed to working closely with them to find ways to improve the performance."

Are you (somehow) on Team Jay or Team Conan?

** UPDATE: NBC Chairman Jeff Gaspin has now gone on record and said: “I can confirm, starting Feb. 12, The Jay Leno Show will no longer air at 10 p.m.


theyre both good comedians, bashing either of them is rather stupid and mean. and how do you know leno isnt accepting it, maybe it's NBC who wants to keep him. jeez, talk about not knowing your facts for sure and jumping to conclusion.


I'm glad that Leno flopped, he's a douche bag and a loser! I knew his show would tank, the format was exactly the same as the Tonight Show, and that only works after prime time! If he had any class at all, he'd accept his situation, wouldn't try to cut back into Conan's time, and just work cheesy nightclubs where he belongs. He's gonna get a lot of resentment for this because Conan legitimately earnrd his spot!


This would totally be unfair. Conan worked diligently for 16 years as host of Late Night (longer than Letterman had the slot) playing second fiddle to Leno. Now Leno wants to share or hog Conan's spotlight once again? Man, just retire already, or go for a completely different format. Have a daytime or weekend show. Something. Make it Fridays only. Just let Conan develop his show into the Tonight Show he wants it to be.


Fire them both and give David Letterman the opportunity to fill his rightful spot as recommended by Johnny Carson years ago.


conan became less funnier after taking over the tonight show


Super cool! Jay beats Conan's sorry non-funny a$$ every day of the week. And he's not even that great. But compared to Conan he sure is.


That super sucks!! Jay Leno is not funny & his monologues always suck ass. Also his chin is way too big for tv & frankly it scares the shit out of me. Conan is way funnier, & he should keep his show!

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