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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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496.

Kate PH    

RIP NBC and The Tonight Show.

Sorry Carson.

1658 days ago
497.

Kate PH    

LOLOLOLOL. Um FYI, The JLS show tanked! If Leno is so great, how come he can't get audiences for freaking prime time! LOL newscasts suffered because of him and now Coco is the one suffering.

1658 days ago
498.

nemio    

Jay is just not funny and needs to stick with his original plan and just retire. The decision by NBC and Jay really turns me off. Conan IS funny and deserves better than this. Nay he come back someday and kick Jay and NBC where it counts.

1658 days ago
499.

Moonbeam    

People need to remember that Jay may have a contract that gives NBC the right to move him around in time slots as it sees fit.

It may be that both Conan and Jay both have a "play-or-pay" type of contract, whereby NBC still has to pay them if it cancels their respective shows, and that NBC found it more cost effective to keep Jay since he performed better in the ratings on the Tonight Show than Conan has been able to do.

Conversely, if Jay refuses to accept whatever new time slot NBC wants for him, perhaps his contract has a provision whereby he forfeits the remaining monies due under that contract. He may not be able to choose to retire without losing millions if he doesn't fulfill his end of the contract.

This is business, folks, not the Boy Scouts. While it is sad to see Conan and staff uprooted from their homes in New York and then having their show canceled, that's the chance they all took. I suppose many of them are also working by contract, and may be getting paid under that contract whether the show stays on the air or not. Everyone who watches television knows that any show can be canceled for poor ratings. Some shows get canceled even after one showing, so this is not news.

So let's worry more about people who are working at jobs that don't even pay a living wage and stop acting as if we are having to choose here between God and Satan -- these are two successful guys who were both multi-millionaires even before they switched time slots. They hardly have to worry about the status of their 401K's like the rest of us, so lighten up.

1658 days ago
500.

urban    

Not only is Leno an untrustworthy word-breaking-bully, he's also a world class A**hole. Only an A**hole would try to mislead his own fans into thinking he's a victim of NBC also. He was on the air saying that NBC is canceling him.

I used to like watching both Conan and Leno... Now it's a wrap for me. I can't support Leno anymore.

TEAM CONANDO!!!

1658 days ago
501.

Metal Muse    

really glad leno is coming back. How else could i see 4 month old youtube clips? comic genius

1658 days ago
502.

stalkers are scum    

Why did Conan not get the ratings? Letterman's scandal actually improved his numbers. Nobody can resist a good scandal. And at the same time Michael Jackson died, so naturally, Nightline with Martin Bashir attracted huge numbers as well. Bashir had interviewed Jackson. Conan was the only one without a story in the news every day.

1658 days ago
503.

sammy nj.    

WELL IAM HAPPY JAY"S BACK WHERE HE BELONGS 11;35 PM NOTHING PERSONAL TWORDS CONAN BUT HE REALLY WASNT READY FOR THE ROLLS ROYCE OF TALK SHOWS THE [ TONIGHT SHOW ] I THINK HE"S SORRY FOR HIS LEAVE AT 12;35 I BET JIMMY FALLON WAS SWEATING HIS ASS OFF, BUT I THINK HE WAS DOING BETTER AS A TALK SHOW HOST THAN CONAN, HIS SILLY FACES PUPPET STRING DANCE WAS NOT THE TONIGHT SHOW WAY & AND BAD ETHIC"S WITH A GUEST LET"S USE SENATOR JOHN MC'CAIN WAS ON THE SHOW AND HE NEVER LET HIM TALK!!! AND WAS BACK WITH THE SILLY FACE"S IN THE CAMERA THATS NOT TONIGHT SHOW ETHICS & CLASS IAM A FAN OF CONAN BUT NOT AS THE TONIGHT SHOW HOST I MEAN EVERYONE"S IS MAD AT THE WRONG PERSON IF WAS WASNT JAY BACK ON. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SOMEONE ELSE? THE TONIGHT SHOW WAS JOHNNY CARSON THEN LENO NOT CONAN? HE"S CRYING WT A HAM IN 1 HAND AND A LOAF OF BREAD UNDER THE OTHER ONE, HE"S COMING OUT SMELLING LIKE A ROSE I MEAN HE"S NOT HOMELESS THAT"S HOW EVERYONE"S ACTING .JAY DOESNT OWN NBC THEY DIDNT PUT A GUN TO JAY"S HEAD IF IT WASNT JAY IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SOMEONE ELSE I WISH CONAN WELL AND WELCOME HOME JAY LENO YOU ROCK!!!!!! GOOD LUCK I LOOK FOWARD TO YOUR RETURN A BIG FAN FAN ALWAYS SAMMY NJ GOOD LUCK JAY P.S I DONT THINK MRCRACKERS COMMENT WAS NICE ON THIS SITE HE WISHED JAY LENO"S ANTIQUE CAR WOULD FLIE OFF THE ROAD WT JAY IN IT...NOT KOOL GROW UP ! REALLY NOT NICE....GOD BLESS EVERYONE AND SEE YAA ,JAYYYYYY

1658 days ago
504.

meg    

No. 102 & No. 105 said it all.You Conan lovers, read these again.
Stop calling Leno an old Geezer, he's much younger than Letterman & Conans entry is ridiculous.He acts like a child with his spinning around and pointing at the audience & pretending to draw his guns. Sheesh,act your age & make a decent entrance.

1658 days ago
505.

J. Carlos    

Hey Ginger Smith, Conan didn't take Jay's job from him. Leno "RETIRED", and Leno picked Conan as his replacement. That happened several years ago. Leno's 10pm show sucked. His clothes looked like crap and his hair looked like it was ran through with a rock hound.

It all boils down to Leno wanting the "pull" he use to have when he was host. I hope another network picks up Conan and tanks Leno in the ratings. Leno's a loser and he has no honor. I hope poeple and the stars boycot the "tonight show with lame-o Leno". NBC executives...YOU SUCK!

1658 days ago
506.

meg    

Thanks "sammy nj" It's great to see that there are so many of us that love to see Jay back where he belongs.

1658 days ago
507.

Matthew    

I agree...I never watched any of the late night shows much, but after this crap I will Watch and/or DVR Conan wherever he ends up...Conan...if you're reading this...Go to FOX! They will treat you like a King! :-)

1658 days ago
509.

Bingo Jackson    

If they didn't like Jay at 11:30 pm before, why would they want him back there now? What kind of nitwits run NBC?

1658 days ago
510.

Bobo Frog    

Jimmy Kimmel destroyed Leno on his 10 at 10 segment tonight on the Jay Leno show....the clip is on Youtube....

1658 days ago
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