Can any of you Senior Citizens advise me about?
Jay Leno - I was under the impression that he was going to retire after March 10 - but last night I was up, and watched a "New" show of his and it was funny. I love Monday night's "Headlines" - also I thought that Conan Obrien was taking over from Jay - do any of you Seniors know what NBC is doing with these guys? CJ
- Suzie sLv 71 decade agoBest Answer
Jay Leno announces he'll retire -- in 2009. He'll pass the ''Tonight Show'' baton to Conan O'Brien in five years
By Gary Susman Gary Susman
Jay Leno has a famously Cal Ripken-esque work ethic, but on Monday, he announced his retirement -- effective in five years. In 2009, he said, he'll vacate his desk at The Tonight Show and pass the torch on to Late Night host Conan O'Brien. Leno will break the news to his audience on Monday night's show, which marks the 50th anniversary of Tonight's debut on NBC.
''In 2009, I'll be 59 years-old and will have had this dream job for 17 years,'' Leno said in a statement. ''When I signed my new contract, I felt that the timing was right to plan for my successor, and there is no one more qualified than Conan. Plus, I promised [my wife] Mavis I would take her out for dinner before I turned 60.''
Tonight, of course, is one of the most celebrated franchises in TV history. Since its premiere on Sept. 27, 1954, it's had only four permanent hosts: Steve Allen (1954-57), Jack Paar (1957-62), Johnny Carson (1962-92), and Leno. For most of the last decade, Leno has routinely beaten CBS rival David Letterman in the ratings. Letterman, who hosted NBC's Late Night from 1982-93, was notoriously passed over for the Tonight job in favor of frequent Tonight guest host Leno, leading to his departure for CBS and the hiring of O'Brien in 1993. By sewing up the succession issue five years in advance, NBC will avoid a replay of that messy scenario.
''The Tonight Show is one of the great franchises in television, and I am thrilled to get this opportunity,'' O'Brien said in a statement. ''I am thankful to everyone at NBC -- which has been my home for the last 11 years -- and I am particularly grateful to Jay for all the generous support and kindness he has always shown me.'' We bet Triumph the Insult Comic Dog is already drooling over the move.
- 1 decade ago
CJ, Conan O'Brien is scheduled to start hosting the "Tonight Show" on Monday, June 1st. I have read that Jay Leno will host his last "Tonight Show" on Friday, May 29th, but I couldn't find a press release or announcement about Jay's last night. You could keep checking in on the Tonight Show website to see when Jay's last night will be.
I'm a big fan of Jay's "Headlines" too! I've laughed so hard I cried more than once during his "Headlines" segment.
added in edit: testSource(s): The Tonight Show with Jay Leno NBC.com http://www.nbc.com/The_Tonight_Show_with_Jay_Leno/ The Tonight Show Experience Conan O'Brien June 1, 2009 http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show-experience/hos...
- LynnLv 71 decade ago
The very last I heard, is that Conan is going to host the Tonight Show.
And that Jay will host his own show, at another time. So he hasn't
chosen to retire, as long as he has more garage space to fill with
more motorcycles and special cars to add to his collection. It'll prob-
ably be called, The Jay Leno Show, with a similar format. Myself,
I can't stand even looking at Conan. He is not my idea of being
fun to watch. But that's my preference, not everyones'.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Yes ! Exactly ! What IS going to happen to "Headlines" and " "Jaywalking" ? Those are virtually the only things that I watch "Tonight" in order to see.
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- curious connieLv 71 decade ago
He leaves the Tonight in May and has another show starting at 10pm in May.
- BawLv 71 decade ago
I barely make it past the news and that's with a nap.