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Jay Leno

NBC Quickly Wipes Away His Memory

2/7/2014 5:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0207-jay-leno-splash-sign-beforeNBC is already distancing themselves from Jay Leno ... by erasing his name off the side of the building where he shot "The Tonight Show."

The Peacock network sent a team of painters armed with rollers and a forklift to white-out Jay's billboard -- just ONE FRICKIN' DAY after he signed off for good.

Here's what's interesting ... Jimmy Fallon's moving the show to NYC, so the net's not really under a deadline to change the signage before Jimmy takes over the reigns. Guess they just wanted to let Jay know that this "goodbye" is permanent. 

Somewhere, Conan O'Brien is smiling.

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Randi    

You guys are SO LAME, TMZ!!! First of all, NBC doesn't own the studio where Jay Leno filmed his show. They sold it years ago. Second, that painter is a member of Jay's production company - and painted the exterior of the studio at Jay's direction. Jay's wrapping up production at those sound stages, and will be turning the stages back to the landlord. Jay was SUPER generous with his crew, and is keeping people - like this painter - busy this week at full pay, getting the area cleared up. Everyone LOVES Jay on this studio lot - he was GREAT to work with. NBC has zero to do with this stage-return.

237 days ago
32.

static    

Jimmy Fallon sucks the people will reject him just as they did Conan.

237 days ago
33.

Nobody Special    

That's OK,

Jay is gonna sign with FOX for the same time slot and Blow NBC away, again...

237 days ago
34.

scott    

Screw Jay Leno Conan is better

237 days ago
35.

CremeBrulee    

The thing I don't get is why did NBC always have Jay under the gun, first with Conan, now Jimmy? Why couldn't they just let him be until ratings tanked? They arguably ruined Conan's career. Why?

237 days ago
36.

jenlolo    

Come on the kartrashians was there to mess his goodbye .. she is freaking porn star why would you take her near descent people she belongs in the adult industry. Not even there she can't even fake!!! Why would jeno wants to be remembered as the man who gave Kim the sex tape star her 5 minutes of horrible signing in national tv ... Even worst next to good ppl like Oprah .. ewwww

237 days ago
37.

Wellington     

"Somewhere, Conan O'Brien is smiling."

No, somewhere Conan is grinding his teeth and whining as usual. Fallon has the job Conan schemed to get. Now Conan is a footnote.

237 days ago
38.

Areader    

Conan O'Brien doesn't even come close to comparing with Jay Leno! Jay left on top in the ratings just as he did when he handed the show off to O'Brien who promptly took it and crashed into the ground in a burst of flames!

237 days ago
39.

karenjj    

Soooo happy to not have to see his ugly face on TV any longer. Unless he bullies NBC into taking the show back AGAIN. Jay, one word R E T I R E M E N T. Go away.

237 days ago
40.

Chilltopia    

Pretty sure that's standard procedure... No story here

237 days ago
41.

greeneyedjeepgirl    

I loooooovvvvvvvvvveee Jimmy Fallon, congrats to him and The Roots!!!!!

237 days ago
42.

CremeBrulee    

I'll go out on a limb and say that Johnny Carson is considered a God because network TV was all we had back then. That was then and this is NOW.

237 days ago
43.

marmar    

He say the last time he was goin to retire and come back let see what is goin to happen now.

237 days ago
44.

Yurra Knutz    

Look out Arsenio, Leno will steal your show, your studio and your jokes (if you have any.)

237 days ago
45.

Gary Middleton    

I doubt Conan's smiling that much. Last night's ratings:

Leno: 14.6 million
Kimmel: 2.5 million
Dave: 2.5 million
Stewart: 1.3 million
Colbert: 1 million
Conan 719,000

He was also dead last in the 18-49 demo as usual.

237 days ago
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