Leno pulls a Kimmel at NBC exec panel; also late night timeframes revealed - TCA Report
Some of the "funny" lines are after the jump, but here's the gist of the news: Leno's last day on the Tonight show will be on May 29, with Conan O'Brien taking over the following Monday, June 1. Conan will do his last Late Night sometime during the first quarter, according to Graboff and Silverman, and Jimmy Fallon will take over the timeslot at an undetermined time during either March or April (that's after starting online, as Lorne Michaels announced yesterday). No word on what will play in Conan's 12:30 slot in the interim period.
OK, now for the "funny" stuff:
"Will Jay Leno be paid for the rest of the year?" Answer: "Sure, sure."
"Brett Farve said he was retiring and then changed his mind. What do you think of that?"
Silverman: "Everyone's entitled to change their mind but it puts management in a possible situation."
Leno: "Do you think it's cheesy coming in in disguise? Is it cheesy stooping to that level?"
More Leno: "Do you think he's more popular as a mechanic than a game show host?" "Is it true you offered Leno the fifth hour of Today? That would be a crappy idea." "You brought back Knight Rider. Any chance Manimal will be coming back?"
It's always tougher to be second. Also, it's tough to make things more complicated than they need to be. But Jay and NBC did both. I guess that means Jay's still an NBC guy for the moment. But you never know.
More on the executive session later today.