Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno goes for a spin in his red rocket shaped car in Beverly Hills, CA…Leno has some more free time after turning over the reins of the Tonight Show to new host Conan O’Brien. (Photo Agency)more pics »It would appear that the latest rumors about Jay Leno’s prime-time show are actually true. Today Jeff Gaspin, the chairman of NBC Universal Entertainment, confirmed that The Jay Leno Show’s last stint at the 10pm slot would be February 12, according to People magazine.
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Supposedly, there’s not any other concrete details yet, but in an ideal world, the lineup would look like this: Leno for an 11:35 p.m. show, Conan O’Brien for 12:05 p.m. and then Jimmy Fallon following that. But, Gaspin said: “It’s not a done deal yet.”
Gaspin did say Leno’s shot at an earlier show “did not meet affiliate needs” but that the two talk show hosts, Leno and O’Brien have been “incredibly gracious and professional.” Hm.
No one is quite sure if O’Brien will stick with NBC, or change it up. There’s been talk of other networks vying for him to make a switch. After revealing the ideal lineup of Leno, O’Brien, and Fallon, Gaspin said: “Beyond that is a private conversation and when it all settles, you can talk to them about that,” Gaspin says. “We’re back in conversation tomorrow.”
Gaspin seems hopeful that O’Brien will go with the flow and stay with NBC: “Conan’s motivation will become more clear as time goes on,” he said. “We gave something important to him, which was The Tonight Show, made it clear that it was moving with him. Conan wanted the franchise of The Tonight Show; Jay wanted to tell jokes at 11:30. Still things [need] to be worked out.”