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NBC sets mandatory retirement date for Jay Leno

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Steve615, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. Steve615

    Steve615 Hall Of Fame

    Feb 5, 2006
    Middle TN area
    According to the following link,Jay Leno's final "Tonight Show" appearance will occur on May 29,2009.Leno has not commented on the network imposed timeframe yet.Conan O'Brien will replace Leno on June 1,2009 and Jimmy Fallon will take over for O'Brien when he vacates the "Late Night" slot.NBC will air O'Brien fronted "Late Night" reruns until Fallon is deemed "up to speed".

  2. davring

    davring Hall Of Fame

    Jan 13, 2007
    Look for Leno to be on ABC.
  3. Sirshagg

    Sirshagg Hall Of Fame

    Dec 29, 2006
    Note to self: cancel series link on May 29, 2009.
  4. SamC

    SamC Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2003
    On the list of the 10 least funny people in America, Leno occupies 3 spots.

    That said, I would look for him to sign with one of the casino companies. He can clearly fill a mid sized Las Vegas room along with the standard tour of Tunica, Atlantic City, etc.
  5. MikeW

    MikeW Hall Of Fame

    May 16, 2002
    I've never been entertained by Leno. I'm one who believed Letterman should have taken that spot from day one. I find Conan even less entertaining. I actually prefer Kimmel over Leno.
  6. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    Leno will not be considered a loss in our household. Letterman is our preference but I assume he'll retire shortly also. With that said, I wouldn't mind a Conan v Kimmel choice in that time slot in the future.
  7. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    Note to self: I just don't care anymore. :shrug: I'm getting too darn old for late night tv. :stickman:
  8. davring

    davring Hall Of Fame

    Jan 13, 2007
    DVR's are AARP approved:)
  9. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Agree 100% with you about who shoud have been helming the Tonight Show since Carson retired - it should have been Dave. Carson himself believed it should have been Dave...

    I also agree that I'd rather watch Kimmel than Leno. Kimmel just needs to go HD and stop those commercials within the show!
  10. MikeW

    MikeW Hall Of Fame

    May 16, 2002
    Funny that we got Rosie O'Donnell (the View) in HD before Jimmy Kimmel. I wonder what ABC is waiting for. It would seem that they really should do something during the window of opportunity when Conan actually goes live.
  11. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    Back in the olden days I didn't mind Jay Leno as a guest... but I never liked him as a host. Back when he would fill-in for Johnny Carson I would just tune out those weeks... so I was really surprised when Leno got the permanent gig.

    My interest in Letterman has faded over the years... and while I like Conan, I find I'm just out of the must-watch-late-night-talk-show mode now.
  12. Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    When I worked nights, I used to watch all the late night and late late night shows for a while, I never found any of them to be funny, or even entertaining. If I'd have tp pick, I'd say Leno over Letterman. Stupid Pet Tricks is just well plain stupid and The Top 10 were lame and disappointing. Leno seems to have a less scripted feel, but hell what do I know.
  13. trainman

    trainman Hall Of Fame

    Jan 9, 2008
    You might want to wait until May 30, assuming you want Leno's final episode to record.

    I'm fairly certain "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" will be considered a brand-new series as far as the Tribune data is concerned...so the only reason to cancel the series link immediately would be if you're in danger of running up against the "50" limit.
  14. Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004
    The rumor I've heard is that Leno is being considered as the replacement for Larry King.

    No lie.

    Somebody's got to replace Larry King, although Larry has continued to host his show even though he's been dead for years.
  15. durl

    durl Hall Of Fame

    Mar 27, 2003
    I thought so, as well. Letterman was a far better interviewer than Leno and seemed a better fit as the successor to Carson.

    That being said, I no longer watch Letterman. His show really went downhill to me.
  16. durl

    durl Hall Of Fame

    Mar 27, 2003
    Interesting rumor.

    Honestly, I think I'd like to see Leno host an American version of the BBC's Top Gear.
  17. Chuck W

    Chuck W Icon

    Mar 26, 2002
    I have no idea why NBC is in such a rush to put Conan into the 11:30 slot. Conan isn't even winning his CURRENT 12:30 timeslot every night. Craig Ferguson won the timeslot recently.

    As Davring said, look for Leno to head to ABC and start a competing show.
  18. arundc

    arundc AllStar

    Jan 13, 2006
    Hey, that's actually a great idea! I love watching Top Gear. Leno would be fantastic as a host of a car show.
  19. tcusta00

    tcusta00 Active Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    I think it's part of Conan's contract, isn't it?
  20. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I've been a follower of Mr. Leno's for years. He hails from Andover, MA, not that far away from my old haunts, and I first saw him live in a gymnasium at the University of New Hampshire in late 1985. Over the years I've seen him in both live engagements and tapings of The Tonight Show.

    It's fair to say he's no Johnny Carson. There will never be another person like Mr. Carson, and there will never be another time when the viewing public shared such common habits as staying up late to see "who was on Johnny."

    That being said, he's an environmentalist, historian, tinkerer, and while he's rarely made me laugh so hard I lost my breath, he's been a generous host and reliable presence on the late night stage for... wow, sixteen years.

    I don't watch The Tonight Show much, as I find it's really only good in its original time slot. I don't know why some shows don't work well with the DVR. But it is always there for me. I don't know if Mr. O'Brien will be my cup of tea, but I do think that he's got some big shoes to fill, not just from Messrs. Allen, Paar, and Carson, but also those of Mr. Leno. I wish Mr. O'Brien the best.

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