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NBC Pulls Plug on

Leno Prime Time Show

1/10/2010 3:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

NBC has just confirmed the TMZ story that Jay Leno's 10 PM show is going off the air next month when the Olympics begin.

And as we also reported, after the Olympics, Leno will take over Conan O'Brien's time slot -- at least for the first half hour.

NBC chairman Jeff Gaspin added that he wants to push Conan and Jimmy Fallon back an hour so things will go back to the way they were -- with Jay controlling 11:35 to 12:35 .... but that's not a done deal.

Gaspin claimed that he's already met with both Conan and Fallon to discuss the changes -- and shockingly, they weren't pissed.

Gaspin says both men were professional and understanding.


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1.

stoker    

I JUST WOKE UP ! wheres Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon..?

1652 days ago
2.

ellie    

So miss Jay Leno -- not a "geezer" at all! Please put him back at 11:30 and let Conan leave--good riddens to a big ego with small humor... and put Jimmy Fallon in Conan's place! Thanks.

1661 days ago
3.

ellie    

YES, LETTERMAN SHOULD GO LIKE TIGER -- LIFE IS SO UNFAIR!
RETURN LENO, LET CONAN GO AND MOVE JIMMY FALLON UP!
that would be great!

1661 days ago
4.

Nicole    

I can't believe that people are supporting leno in this...he proved that he is not vibrant enough to carry his fans, and that the only thing keeping him on top was his time slot. Seriously...he doesn't appeal to the younger crowd, I haven't been able to watch him for years. I'm with you Conan, wherever you go.

1661 days ago
5.

nevan    

Leno stinks............FIRST!!!!

1664 days ago
6.

Sandra    

OMG
what's gonna happen to Conan and Jimmy Fallon?

1664 days ago
7.

barf    

The official cause of death is MURDER! Has Murray been arrested yet? Where is your report on that TMZ?

1664 days ago
8.

Ball`s has no Ball`s    

Mike = TMZ Dead

1664 days ago
9.

Hates Conan like crap    

LENO WINS!!!

Now if only Conan will slink off and go away forever, all will be well again on late-nite TV.

1664 days ago
10.

LC    

DUMP CONAN. He's not hip. He's strange and his overweight sidekick is stranger yet. He should host a 1/2 hour talk show on Comedy Central.

BRING BACK LENO. He's a great alternative to Dave Letterman's trashy humor.

GIVE JIMMY 12:30 TO 1:30 Jimmy's great and has earned his spot.

THAT'S A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

1664 days ago
11.

steve allen    

NBC should have "cautiously" and "experimentally" given Leno the prime time spot and let O'Brien see if he could handle (the coveted ratings)11:30 pm slot on a trial basis...for NBC to re-allign the 10pm prime time spot and move everyone around, probably was not a good idea. However, I remain a Leno fan...

1664 days ago
12.

beth    

Jay needs to be taken off the air. Long live Dave!

1664 days ago
13.

DaxHamel    

So Conan O'Brien might take option number two and go to another network. What are the chances that Jay Leno cashes-in on his brand equity to snub NBC and follows Conan out to another network?

I think that would be just deserts.

Dax.

1664 days ago
14.

KB    

Leno's early time slot was a complete flop, just let him retire... he was good in his day, but time to move on now. The possibilities of attracting a younger audience for the later time slot are slim, the cancellation of his "much hyped" early show will haunt him, and there will be 2 flops! Hang on to Conan, he is in touch with younger viewers, and his audience will grow!

1664 days ago
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tapleshay86    

What will happen to Carson Daly and Last Call!?!...oh no one care thats right i forgot.

1664 days ago
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