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Leno and NBC Strike 1 Hour 'Tonight' Deal

1/14/2010 10:43 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jay Leno has made a new deal with NBC, which gives him "The Tonight Show" from 11:35 - 12:35 ... sources tell TMZ.



As we first reported, under the contract Jay had been working under, he was guaranteed the 10 PM hour. By moving him to 11:35, NBC was in breach of his contract and needed to negotiate a new deal. That is now done, sources tell TMZ.

So Conan O'Brien is out, and Jay is restored.


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Robyn    

Poor Conan. Had awful ratings and getting $40mm for leaving. Nice severance package. Where's Obama and the SEC now?

1633 days ago
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Javier C    

What's done is done. Best of luck to Conan, still not going to watch Leno!!!

1631 days ago
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vegasindigo    

Conan's humor did not translate to 11:35, different audience. Jay will reign as king of nighttime once more. Hope Conan gets another gig, he is brilliant in his own right and deserves to be seen.

1628 days ago
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hark8james    

Looks like ole " LONG JAW " Jay that WINEBOX ,ASS KISSIN somebitch,gets another FATASS contract & just pisses all over the tonight show !!! Mark this writers words that show will never do the numbers it once did. Conan could have gotten the job done had they let the show go.But oh no Jay couldn't pull his weight in the 10:00 time slot . Maybe had they shaved a aprox.. 1 ft. off that CRYBABY's jawbone it could have survived there .GO COCO ,& enjoy that FatAss payout from NBC ,don't be 2 quick to let NBC(Never Believe your Contract get at you again !!

1606 days ago
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.:Loki 4Ever:.    

I don't watch either of them, I DO enjoy Conan's writing however, and would prefer him IF I were to choose out of the 2.

1638 days ago
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jm    

One more show I won't watch.

1638 days ago
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Angela    

Jay is such a loser. Seriously WtF - retire already. You lucked out on getting the tonight show, now you somehow can rationalize coming back on to the tonight show. Jay has no class, never liked him, never will.

1638 days ago
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Claire    

SO UNFAIR TO CONAN. HOPE JAY TANKS.

1638 days ago
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moe g    

YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!! JAY IS BACK......BYE BYE CONAN

1638 days ago
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krisfile    

What a rotten thing to do to Conan, who is a much better man.

1638 days ago
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Saultxyca    

... And it's back to the 1970's ... Eeeeeeeeek! But if they must — at least bring back the good bits, like Celebrity Jeopardy — this braindead economizing at NBC is deadly.

1638 days ago
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xultar    

I hope Conan BURIES NBC. I don't watch now but I will start just to help Conan whoop on NBC and Leno!

1638 days ago
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Wombat    

When Leno finally does retire in a few years...who in their right mind would want to replace him and deal with this same crap they are putting Conan through?

I've never been a big Conan fan, but with what NBC has pulled on him, where ever he winds up...I am there.

1638 days ago
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Kevin    

Well, I guess it's 11:35 with Letterman for this cat.

1638 days ago
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Ginger Smith    

The news media makes this sound like Conan is the victim here, but we need to remember, and it needs to be said out-loud, that Conan took Leno's job first. Leno was the top-rated host of the Tonight Show when NBC decided to demote him and put Conan in his place. So stop whining Conan -- Leno has been the real victim here all along!!!

1638 days ago
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