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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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mikem    

TMZ can suck a fat one. Be a little more Leno-biased why dontcha? Go figure since Harvey is about twice Jay's age, and thats saying alot! Leno= Lame Conan= Fresh and funny. This controversy= all about fat cats and Bucks. That is all.

1710 days ago
182.

Grouch    

Leno's brand of "humor" died before Johnny Carson was booted from the show.

1710 days ago
183.

Jamesb3    

I don't feel much sympathy for Conan. This was never Jay Leno's decision. He was forced out of the Tonight Show, where he dominated for 17 straight years, because of Conan's ambitions and NBC's fear of losing him. When the time came around for NBC to honor that clause in Conan's contract, NBC didn't want to do it and Jay Leno, who was still on top, continued to assert his desire to stay. At no time did Jay Leno ever say he wanted to leave. NBC's hands were tied, Jay Leno was out of the decision-making loop, and only Conan had the position to change the terms of the contract. Instead, he forced them to honor the terms of his contract, even though it threw Leno out of his job and put NBC in disarray. And then Conan got on there and failed. If he had had any class he would have acknowledged Jay's desire to stay, the continued success of the existing line-up, and renegotiated his contract. That would have been classy. Instead, he forced the whole situation and is now being petulant about it.

And I don't think it is fair to compare the performance of Jay Leno in his first months on the Tonight Show against Conan. Jay Leno was an unknown (as a talk show host) who went into direct competition against David Letterman, an established and popular late night personality. Conan was a known and popular host who took over the Tonight Show after 17 years of hosting Late Night and came with a built-in audience. With that head start, he should have performed better.

1709 days ago
184.

Bella Donna    

GET RID OF JAY!! He had his time and now it's over. He chose to take the 10:00 slot and it failed. What makes him so special that now he thinks he can just walk right back into the Tonight Show and displace Conan O'Brien. If that happens I highly doubt that he will recover his ratings. Especially after the way he and NBC are attempting to shove Conan out. While I am no huge fan of Conan I think the way he is being treated is horrible.

I HONESTLY DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT JAY LENO. Does he have something on the NBC execs or something? First he shafts Letterman and now he's shafting Conan. Lose him already!!! I didn't watch him in prime time and I will never again watch him in late night. After this stunt I think Mr. Leno's popularity and likability have sunk like the Titanic.

1709 days ago
185.

lenabenas21    

Conan was taking cheap shots at Leno - not sure how Leno comes off as the bad guy here. Conan was looking out for Conan back in 2004 when he signed a contract that basically was pushing Leno (dispite his ratings on the Tonight Show) out before he was ready to give up the Tonight Show. NBC is the bad guy - they should have allowed Jay to retire when he was ready... and not been so focused on the future that far back. It did them NO good as they ended up losing Conan anyway, making enemies out of their affiliates and Jay has to have some ruffled feathers. No Bueno!

1709 days ago
186.

dana    

Conan is an elitist who believes he is entitled to the Tonight Show even though people don't think he is funny or interested in his guests. Its all about him.
Now we have two sets of crews and casts without jobs.
Jay has always been a hardworking comic. He came up the ladder the hard way and just keeps working. Did Conan put on free shows for those people who were having bad times? No.
Jay is the people's man. Conan's head is so high up there he just believes he is entitled to a show because he dreamed of doing it when he was a little boy. Grow up!
NBC should have left things the way they were. Changing a #1 show and allowing the competition to take over is bad business. Who are the morons running the network anyway? When it comes down to it, they are to blame. Both of these men had a fan base that drew an audience and it worked, why change things? Now everyone is unhappy.

1709 days ago
187.

Deanna    

After Conan leaves, I will NEVER watch the tonight show ever again. NBC and Jay Leno suck!

1709 days ago
188.

andrew    

show your support for TEAM CONAN by commenting on this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGpfwWYWPZ4

1709 days ago
189.

april    

Who watches Jay Leno? A bunch of sexless Republicans? People who wears Depends? I mean who is this audience who can sit through that crap; he steals other people’s ideas and then cuts the balls off of them as not to be too edgy, Man I will be glad when that generation is dead and gone.

1709 days ago
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1709 days ago
191.

jaynedoughe    


So happy to hear Jay will be back on the Tonight show and I sincerely wish both Jay and Conan continued success.

1709 days ago
192.

Woogie    

I agree. BOYCOTT LENO! The prick should be accountable for his prime time flop. Conan is being manipulated by the idiot thugs that made these mistakes and I commend him for manning up and taking his stand. I wouldn't care if George and John came back from the dead and reunited the Beatles to play The Tonight Show, I won't be watching. You don't treat good people like this. And for the record, Letterman is still the real deal!

1706 days ago
193.

Lucy    

http://www.thetonightshow.org

1346 days ago
194.

Lucy    

http://www.thetonightshow.org

1346 days ago
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