After days of rumors, Jeff Gaspin, the chairman of NBC Universal Entertainment, confirmed that The Jay Leno Show will no longer air at 10 p.m.Read more on the new line-up below.
The NBC network wants to keep Leno on for the 11:35 p.m. show, Conan O’Brien for 12:05 p.m. and then Jimmy Fallon following.
But NBC chairman Gaspin adds, “It’s not a done deal yet.”
Gaspin said that The Jay Leno Show “did not meet affiliate needs” but that Leno and O’Brien have been “incredibly gracious and professional.”
“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 was asked why Conan would remain at NBC when other networks were interested, Gaspin stated, “Conan’s motivation will become more clear as time goes on. 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.”
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