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'The Tonight Show' with Jay Leno ... The Sequel

1/12/2010 9:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jay LenoJay Leno will get his one-hour show back, and it will be called "The Tonight Show".... sources tell TMZ.

We're told NBC honchos still have to sit down with Jay's rep and put the finishing touches on a new deal, but NBC has signed off on the plan if Conan O'Brien leaves ... and Conan has made it clear that he's leaving the network, and not on good terms.

O'Brien took several cheap shots at Leno in his blistering letter, denigrating Leno's show as a "comedy program."

Sources tell TMZ Jay and Conan have not spoken with each other since NBC announced the switch.

It's looking increasingly like Conan may be making a deal with Fox for a late night show from 11:00 PM to midnight.

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Kevin    

Interesting.

1711 days ago
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Ed    

Maybe Jay can give Conan a few cars as a parting gift.

1711 days ago
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GTLT    

Mr. Leno, your table is waiting at the senior center. Go now and stay.

1711 days ago
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DiscountCDDVD    

I see a made for TV series in the works.

1711 days ago
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V    

I WILL NEVER NEVER WATCH or BUY a NBC program again! As much as I love BURN NOTICE on USA, I am wondering about whether or not I should support that show any longer...

1711 days ago
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dana    

man, there NEVEVER GUNNA SETTLE THIS... btw if conan goes on fox, which i will definetely watch, he will be competing against all the local news, so no one will be watching.. fell bad for coco but i guess he stood up for himself

1711 days ago
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Loulou    

Jay is a jerk.I'm sure Conan will be a success wherever he choses to go.His fans will follow him.

1711 days ago
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leigh    

hey, keep the retarded puppet with the big chin. we'll all happily move our dvr's right on over to fox. conan has personality, originality, and a die-hard fan base. sucks to be j-j-jay!

1711 days ago
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TOO BAD SO SAD :-p    

Luv ya Jay, so glad you'll be back where u belong! You're the only person besides Johnny who could rock the Tonight Show! Bonne chance & best regards

1711 days ago
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share    

Yay! Glad Leno is back.

1711 days ago
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Q    

Why did Leno announce his retirement 5 years ago? And now doesnt like it?

Dudes as whacky as his old lady who is all involved with global warming nonsense with the former Mrs. Larry David, or is she involved with the abuse of Muslim women? I forget, but all these celeberites have wives with causes, thus you never see them with them...plus the Leno's and Conans do a weekend gig 45 times a year for corporations at outrageous fees for an hours work...dont ever feel a thing for these creeps. Its all about them.

Conan quit your crying, you werent cut out for the West Coast from Day One and you and now your family knows---- knew it. Put your tail between your legs and go to Fox from New York or Boston.

Leno, you're a Corporate shill

1711 days ago
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Fliponon    

Just a paranoid thought to throw on the pile. Is it possible Leno was always about not doing well at 10 and getting his spot back?

Starting months ago he's been quoted as saying if the 10'o'clock show doesn't work out he would be happy to go back to 11:30.

Stay classy Conan. We've seen this before when he put the shiv in Letterman's back. I don't think this time him or NBC for that matter is going to get away with it. Leno will never have the numbers again at 11:30

1711 days ago
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Dan    

I don't see any "cheap shots" at Leno anywhere in Conan's letter. Calling the Jay Leno show "a comedy program" as opposed to the late local news is 100% factual and 0% offensive. Sounds like he's (rightly) more angry at the network than Leno or anyone else. TMZ should stop talking up a feud that doesn't seem to exist.

1711 days ago
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Linda    

I will NOT watch The Tonight Show with Jay on there! He sucks and his jokes are as old and stale as he is! He is NOT funny! I will follow Conan to whatever network picks him up, and shows more appreciation towards him. I hope others boycott The Tonight Show as well, once Jay comes back on.

1711 days ago
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TOO BAD SO SAD :-p    

Jay Leno has more class, dignity and humour than conan could ever hope to have. O'Brien only appeals to low-brow, crass simpletons.

1711 days ago
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