Why is Jay Leno leaving The Tonight Show?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    He agreed to leave The Tonight Show five years ago, in 2004 when Conan O'Brien's contract with NBC was soon to expire. Conan let NBC know that he was gonna begin negotiations with other networks to get a 11:30 EST/10:30 CST slot; he didn't want to stay at 12:30 after 11 years. NBC didn't want to lose Conan and have him compete with Leno every night, so they promised him The Tonight Show in 2009 to keep him on the network. Leno agreed, even going so far as to cede on his own show that by 2009 he'd almost be 60, and ready to retire and move on. And by then, NBC believed that Leno would've become stale and worn extremely thin.

    Doesn't really matter at this point anymore though. Jay Leno started having second thoughts and pulled a Brett Favre. He didn't want to leave and about a year ago or so began shopping around at other networks (ABC) to keep the same time slot. With NBC's pitiful ratings all-around, and Leno being the most viewed program at his current time slot, they decided to offer him 10 pm in primetime. So now the network will be showing FOUR talk shows every night, at the cost of FIVE different shows every week at 9 pm in Leno's place (primarily because it's cheaper). Bad move, in my opinion.

  • 1 decade ago

    i heard its because of his health but i'm not sure ;;

    it was probably just his time to leave, he was done with doing the show

  • dustee
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    His time is up..They want young blood now.

  • 1 decade ago

    His chin won't stop growing and it wont fit the camera lens anymore.

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