Despite reports that NBC is pushing Jay Leno out the door so that Jimmy Fallon can start hosting The Tonight Show next year, Leno is still the #1-rated hosted in late night. So, naturally, he'll be in high-demand if NBC does go through with the Fallon succession plan (which the network has yet to confirm). So, what are Leno's options if he does actually have to leave The Tonight Show behind?
Fox (along with ABC) previously courted Leno the last time he was leaving The Tonight Show in 2009, and the network briefly went after Conan O'Brien when he left Tonight the following year. Unlike competitors NBC, CBS, and [...]
After a report yesterday in The New York Times confirmed that NBC is planning to replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon as Tonight Show host next year, the situation crept into both hosts' monologues last night. Fallon kicked off his show by saying, "Before we get started, I have to talk about the rumors that came out today that I'll be moving up to 11:30 – or as my parents call it, 'Eh, still too late." He added, "Actually the rumors are true; NBC is turning the Tonight Show into a diving competition." That's the only reference Fallon made to the Tonight Show handover. Leno steered clear of Tonight Show talk but [...]
Earlier this week, The NY Times reported that Jay Leno had upset NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt by making some jokes about the network being in fifth place. According to the story, Greenblatt emailed Leno to complain, and Leno responded by defending his right to make jokes about NBC. On last night's show, he continue to bite the hand that feeds with a joke about NBC in his monologue:
You know the whole legend of St. Patrick, right? St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland, then they came here to the United States and became NBC executives.
Sure, it's a typically tame, lame Leno joke, [...]
Jerry Seinfeld debuted a new five minutes of stand-up on Letterman a month ago, and he did it again last night on Jay Leno, probably because of late night equal time laws.