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Leno pulls a Kimmel at NBC exec panel; also late night timeframes revealed - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 21st 2008 3:41PM
Jay Leno in disguiseTaking a cue from ABC, NBC had Jay Leno pose as a reporter and ask NBC's two-headed entertainment chief, Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff, about when Leno would be leaving and when Conan would be starting. Only, instead of just wearing a baseball cap like Kimmel did, Leno donned a bald cap and beard to make him seem extra stealthy.

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.

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Conan will never replace Jay Leno. NBC has shot themselves in the foot moving that quirky Conan to the 11:30 p.m. time slot. He won't last -- viewers will leave in droves especially when Leno shows up on ABC in 2010.

July 23 2008 at 12:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Leno's personality best fits NBC. However, I wonder how Conan will do at the earlier slot. Dave has done well, but I loved his kooky humor in the later time and I wonder if Conan's will survive -

July 22 2008 at 11:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He has to pay attention to what he says because of his demo. You know how easy it is to bust your hip falling over from laughing so hard and choke on your false teeth?

July 21 2008 at 6:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Doug Stewart

That's Leno. Funny as ever. Gosh, he'll be missed. Next?

July 21 2008 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jay ... have you no shame?

July 21 2008 at 5:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This there any video of this?

July 21 2008 at 5:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thank You!!! Keep Leno away from ABC!

July 21 2008 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ann B Martin

WOW Leno ripping off Kimmel! What a Surprise! NOT!!
Kimmel is much more funnier and I hope ABC keeps Kimmel and leave Jay to tinker with his machine

July 21 2008 at 4:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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