Johnny Carson Would Probably Approve of 'The Tonight Show's Move Back to New York

February's issue of Vanity Fair includes a new profile of late night legend Johnny Carson and gives particular focus to the Tonight Show host's 1972 move from New York to Los Angeles. It's a fascinating read about a man who Nora Ephron called "New York's most reluctant celebrity" and paints a hopeful picture for the Tonight Show's move back to its original New York City home. Here's an excerpt from the piece:

"When he moved to L.A. he was very, very concerned that it was a creative mistake," recalls David Steinberg, who began his long and successful career as a comedian on The Tonight Show in 1968, when it [...]

Jay Leno Talks Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon, and His Future on '60 Minutes'

Last night, 60 Minutes aired the above Tonight Show exit interview with Jay Leno. Highlights include Leno jokingly considering a History Channel show, his wife Mavis getting really mad about that whole Conan thing, and this exchange with Steve Kroft:

You would've preferred to stay. Well it's always nice to keep working, sure it is. But am I extremely grateful? Yes. Do I understand the circumstances? Yes, of course.

This is the part I don't understand. I mean you're still #1. Well I think because you have talented people who will only wait so long before they get another opportunity, you don't want to lose that opportunity. That makes [...]

Leno's Ratings Are Worse Than Conan's Were, Sort of. But Not Really

Leno's latest Tonight Show ratings have had people talking about how his ratings now are worse than Conan's ratings were at this time last year. And it's sort of true, but not in the schadenfreudey way people are trying to take the news.

First of all, this week's ratings are comparing a week of Leno reruns to a week of new Conan shows, so right off the bat it's an unfair comparison. Secondly, these ratings are just for the 18-49 demographic that advertisers love so much; Leno is winning in overall eyeballs, they're just eyeballs behind transitions lenses. And lastly, these crap Leno ratings are still beating Letterman, [...]