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Jay Leno Gets Primetime 10PM Spot on NBC December 9, 2008 7:27 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Late-Night, NBC, The Jay Leno Show, The Tonight Show.
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jayleno-72308He may be losing his late-night hour on NBC, but Jay Leno isn’t leaving the network.  NBC today announced that The Tonight Show host Jay Leno will be moving into primetime with The Jay Leno Show. The five night a week series will begin fall 2009 and air from 10-11pm ET.

“As broadcast television continues to change, success demands a new paradigm,” said Jeff Zucker, President and CEO, NBC Universal. “For the past few years, we’ve been very vocal about two things: Transforming broadcast television for today’s media landscape, and keeping Jay at NBC. In this one announcement we have done both. It’s great for NBC, for our viewers, and for our advertisers.”

“Jay has played a major role in defining NBC’s brand of high-quality entertainment,” said Silverman. “The 10 o’clock hour will bring Jay a whole new audience and provide a great lead-in both for our local affiliates and for Conan O’Brien, the next great host of The Tonight Show.”

Jay Leno signs off as the host of The Tonight Show on May 29, 2009.  Late Night host Conan O’Brien will take over hosting duties on June 1, 2009, while Jimmy Fallon will take over O’Brien’s spot on March 2, 2009.

The full press release follows after the jump.



Jay Leno’s Exit from NBC Finalized July 23, 2008 1:19 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Late-Night, NBC, News, Television, The Tonight Show.
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Jay Leno’s exit from The Tonight Show has been finalized.  Leno’s last Tonight show will be Friday, May 29, 2009.  Conan O’Brien, the announced new host of the talk show, will start the following Monday, June 1st, NBC executives told gathered press at the Television Critics Association.

Jimmy Fallon, Conan’s replacement on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, will take over in March or April of 2009.  O’Brien’s end date hasn’t been announced yet, but he’ll likely wrap his run sometime in the first quarter of the year.