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Jay Leno Shouldn’t Be Out of a Job Too Long

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What will Jay Leno do next? That is the question many people are asking as the popular host of NBC’s long-running The Tonight Show steps down in February. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Leno may not be out of a gig very long.

As Jimmy Fallon gets ready to take Jay’s spot, potential suitors are reportedly already lining up for a chance to snag Leno, who is known around the industry as a man who likes to work. One very unlikely network may be casting a line to catch the 64 year old host. Internet rumors are running amok that Jeff Zucker, President of CNN, is allegedly interested in bringing the funny man over to host an interview show in order to bring some life into the wavering network. Piers Morgan’s rating haven’t been great, so CNN may be going for the likeability factor that Leno brings to the table.

CNN is not the only network interested in Leno. The comedian is wanted by at least ten other media outlets. One apparent front-runner may be Leno’s current home at NBC. The network’s entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt wants the host to stay put. “Nothing would make me happier than to find ways to keep him involved with this network. That’s really up to him.”

Leno’s contract with NBC expires on February 6, 2014. He consistently beats his late night rivals David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel in the ratings. So, Fallon will have big shoes to fill and NBC is crossing its fingers that they aren’t replacing Leno too soon. Stay tuned, the late night wars should be heating back up again next month.

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Jay Leno Shouldn’t Be Out of a Job Too Long
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  • Jim Davis

    The Last thing Leno should do would be to stay with the network on a “token’ basis; that has dropped him twice though he has led in the ratings. Jay Leno BELONGS on Late-night TV; and it looks like others will be more than willing to give him the opportunity! believe that NBC only wants to sign Leno to a contract to prevent him from becoming competition.

    • http://twitter.com/benravensfan29 Ben from Baltimore

      This is just history repeating itself. NBC knows that they aren’t good at transitions. First, they tried keeping Conan and Jay by giving Jay his own 10 PM talk show, the ill fated Jay Leno Show. Conan’s Tonight Show ratings sucked, resulting in Jay getting the Tonight Show back and then NBC boss Jeff Zucker being fired by Comcast Cable. Then Ann Curry’s demotion, where she cried on live morning TV, resulting in Matt Lauer’s Q Score popularity rating to take a major hit and the credibility of Kathie Lee and Hoda also took a hit because they said a few lies about what happened behind the scenes with Ann’s demotion to take up for Matt Lauer that were exposed by Gossip Cop. Now, they are trying to use a friendly exchange that involved Jimmy Fallon making a few appearances on Jay’s Tonight Show, but most people, including myself, don’t think that it will work. NBC needs Jay on standby in case it doesn’t work. Comcast Cable and NBC are leaning on Lorne Michaels too much for comedy and this will be the move that forces Lorne, who turns 70 this year, to retire and move back to his native Canada. I don’t think that Jay should go to CNN. CNN is now being run by the one that caused the last late night mess, Jeff Zucker.

  • Mike Fountain

    NBC is stupid. They made a change a couple of years ago that bombed out and they put Leno back. Why do they want to do it again? Fools never learn.

  • Joyce Spann

    Just let me know where Jay is and I will follow

  • Wayne

    Jay Leno is the best at what he does, whether it’s stand up comedy, hosting a talk show , or collecting rare cars…..for this reason alone he should not have to work at this stage in his life, but work is what he wants. Wherever he lands after the Tonight gig….if NBC decides Fallon is a liability I hope Jay has the sense to tell them to “shove it”. He owes them NOTHING this time around.

    • Jim Davis

      AMEN!

  • Bruce

    Letterman needs to hang it up…used to be a fan until he started on his liberal agenda in his monologue.

  • Diana Mize

    Dear Mr. Jay Leno, I just want to thank you for ALL the laughs. I think you are truly a good man, with a kind heart. You surely do not deserve being let go again. I sure hope you do go to another network. I will not watch the Tonight Show again. I guess the powers that be at NBC just don’t get it! Thank you again for all the years of fun, laughs and joy!!

  • Bobby

    I am a member of the peacock panel and when asked about the voice I let them know my feelings about this mess what kind of people take a man giving them number 1 ratings night after night and let them go NBC must be run by the same people who run this country pure assholes

  • http://windows7 Babalu

    The definition of stupidity is doing the same thing the same way over and over and expecting different results…this means you, NBC!

  • Arthur S

    Here we go again. The definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting a different result. Conan at least stood a chance but Jimmy stands a snow ball chance on the Sun of making it.

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