Jay Leno set to return to ‘The Tonight Show’

January 12th, 2010 // 65 Comments

After convincing an entire television network to ass-rape one man’s dreams of hosting The Tonight Show, Jay Leno will return to his old show in its original time slot. TMZ reports:

We’re told NBC honchos still have to sit down with Jay’s rep and put the finishing touches on a new deal, but NBC has signed off on the plan if Conan O’Brien leaves … and Conan has made it clear that he’s leaving the network, and not on good terms.

Jesus, NBC, Conan O’Brien’s body is still warm. Why don’t you have sex with his wife next? Actually, no, wait. Forget I said that. I don’t want Leno getting any ideas that you’ll toss babies out of a window to accommodate.

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  1. Taz

    Good for him

  2. NBC is a sinking ship if they keep catering to Jay Leno. If I were Conan, I’d take the money and run already. $80 million is a lot of dough….Screw NBC, they did this to themselves. Now it’s time for Conan to rake in the cash and sit on a beach somewhere. Oh yeah, and boycott NBC.

  3. that is the most retarded shit ive ever heard. conan was the sole life support of late night. i will never watch nbc again…

  4. EWWWWWWW

    What a dickless piece of shit. Who wants to take one for the team and poison his food or something?

  5. Bigo

    Why did he leave the show anyway?
    Dumb ass-size chin man!!!

  6. Livinius Nwambe

    Jesus, I almost caught myself caring about this spectacle until I realized that these people are paid ungodly amounts of money to sit in a chair and converse with other humans, and concern themselves over thirty minutes. Conan O’Brien makes more per episode than I do in a year. Why the hell do the machinations of this situation even remotely rank as interesting.

    And yet, here I am commenting. Damn you for your Facebook status updates, Fish. Damn you.

  7. Mr. Krinkle

    Don’t post many comments here but I feel the need to say that Jay Leno is a f*cking humorless hack and I hope his balls get eaten by fire ants.

    Death to Leno!!! Long live Conan!!!

  8. @5

    it was originally supposed to be a retirement thing. to gracefully leave the tonight show to conan while he called it quits. but then NBC propped a stick up his ass and said “no way motherfucker! you belong to us!” and talked him into another show. and now, because of the ratings taking a hit (mainly because of jimmy fallon and all the other shitty programming NBC offers) they want to put things back to how they were to regain ratings…but its going to destroy them.

  9. Kathleen

    Way to kill The Tonight Show, Leno.

  10. Irene Barcelo

    I seriously hate Jay Leno. Ass rape so totally fits the bs that is going on at nbc. boycott!

  11. EWWWWWWW

    @8

    That’s not at all how it went down. Leno decided in 2008 that he didn’t want to leave all of the sudden and told NBC that they could either give him another show, having already contracted Conan to The Tonight Show, or he would go to another network and get the same time slot. This is all documented. Just about every network other than CBS was practically foaming at the mouth at the thought of taking him from NBC when they heard he wasn’t ready to leave.

  12. ConanLover

    Long live Conan!!!!!!Boycott Leno!!! He shouldve retired and played with his wheels…NBC stands for NewBrokeCast

  13. Gail

    Anybody want to pitch a ballpark figure as to how much O’Brien got paid to exit “gracefully” stage left? All of this is simply white old rich men (w.o.r.m.’s) playing with their toys. It’s not a scandal, it’s not a back stab situation, it’s not a matter of creativity or ratings or anything else but business. You really think these puppet monkeys you call yourselves fans of actually give a sh*t about you or what you think? They are laughing at you and counting the money. While you make a big deal out of nothing and treat this like a spectator sport so you can forget your sad little lives for a few minutes (I know ’cause I’m right there with you) they are moving on to the next big score. All this pathetic “outrage” is just free freakin’ publicity. You might as well stick a funnel in their pockets and pour more money in.

    …end rant

  14. Kimberly

    I agreed with Seinfeld when he said Conan had nothing to complain about. And I’m with #5, it’s not like NBC is taking away his children and house. Jay messed up by leaving “The Tonight Show”. All was good before. I wish they could just put Jay back in his original spot and put Conan back on Late Night. Conan was just one of those guys that can’t be censored too much, he was kind of “off”, and that’s why he was great on “Late Night”. Now that he’s on “The Tonight Show”, he has to interview the really big people and book the really big bands and be in the really big studio. I would think he would want to go back to his old job, then hope that, in a few years, he can rehost the TS.

    I don’t know why putting Jay at 10 was going to work, and everyone should have had some kind of reasoning that this schedule might be temporary.

    I love Jay, Conan, *meh* on Jimmy, and I just hope everything works out for the best.

  15. Bwahahaha

    This is what will happen. The Jay Leno Show as everyone who use to watch it just to watch Conan.will not be tuning in anymore. Late night T.V. is lame.

  16. elizabeththewellread

    Jay Leno is a pig-dog. NBC execs are ginormous grubbing pig-dogs. Conan is a nice guy who deserves better. Did I mention that Jay Leno is a pig-dog? Just making a call here, but we’re witnessing the death of The Tonight Show as we know it. And Jay Leno is a pig-dog.

  17. KingDekar

    The sad reality is that all the old sleepy bastard viewers that made Jay’s show a success will probably make it a success again. I can only hope that Letterman continues to crush Jay’s Tonight Show and that Conan finds better work elsewhere. He’s way too talented to be brought down by NBC’s pandering to Jay.

    NBC seriously has no idea what talent is. They shafted Norm almost as bad as this.

  18. KingDekar

    The sad reality is that all the old sleepy bastard viewers that made Jay’s show a success will probably make it a success again. I can only hope that Letterman continues to crush Jay’s Tonight Show and that Conan finds better work elsewhere. He’s way too talented to be brought down by NBC’s pandering to Jay.

    NBC seriously has no idea what talent is. They shafted Norm almost as bad as this.

  19. Janes

    fuck leno

  20. Mike Thompson

    Leno is a fucking unfunny dicktard.

  21. Evil

    I love how he thinks it’s the time slot that’s killing his jokes.

  22. undahpresha

    Fuck that big-chinned, smug fuck Leno. Fuck NBC. Fuck Seinfeld.
    …and fuck you to those who say it doesn’t matter.
    It does matter. Dreams matter, goals matter, integrity matters, honor matters…hooo shit. Sorry about that…forgot what site I was on.
    Carry on.

  23. Ed Stone

    You idiots piling on Leno like he is to blame! NBC made the deal with O’Brian years ago to give him the Tonight Show to keep him from walking. They thought Leno would be ready to go and he wasn’t doing as well.

    Last year Leno is #1, but his time is up, NBC was afraid he would go somewhere else and kick their ass. So they give him a show at 10 to save money on original programing and keep him away from someone else. It worked, but the locals were losing money and threatened to pull Leno and run local programming. So NBC tries to NOT MAKE A REAL DECISION and keep both Leno and Conan in the same basic spot. Now Conan is trailing NIGHTLINE for gosh sake, but NBC is afraid of him leaving and this is the best they can do without buying Conan out.

    And LENO is the bad guy here? Look, neither Leno, O’Brian or Lettermen are bad guys here, and never have been. Put the blame squarely where it belongs.

    N B C – No Balls Company

  24. CONAN WHO?

    Anything… anyone can replace Conan O’Brien. I’m a late-night type of person but when O’Brien moved up to “The Tonight Show”, I’ve been more of an early-to-bed since Conan is a waste of time. In the past, he was a good skit writer but heaven forebid, never will he be an MC of any show, period!!! Leno’s not perfect at all but he’s good at quick response, hot collection of cars, good people he invites to the show. No one will ever replace Johnny Carson. Before the assholes picked O’Bien to replace Leno, Craig Fergeson had my vote, hands down. He has his own style while O’Brien is a waste of my time.

  25. What a horrible situation!

  26. ThisorThat

    Who watches NBC?? It’s a shit network. I can’t stand Leno but it’s not his fault. It’s NBC’s fault.

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  28. The Pope

    Leno single handedly kills NBC’s ratings from 10pm to 12:35 and yet they want to keep him?

  29. Nice Tie Mr. Jay Leno, looks good with that look on his face.

  30. dude

    I hardly ever resort to profanity but FUCK YOU JAY

  31. Melissa

    I far prefer Conan to Jay. I rarely watch NBC Latenight because of schedule conflicts, but when I do, I just watch Conan. Jay sucks. Looks like I wont be bothering with NBC latenight at all now.

    Sucks for Conan cause he up and moved to California from New York. Sure he gets paid a lot and all that shit, but he’s still got to decide if he wants to stay in LA or move his wife and baby back to New York. Hope he kept his place out there. I don’t blame him for being angry.

  32. steve

    Jesus,

    PUT CONAN ON PRIME TIME!!!!

    He is the funniest thing on NBC.

    Also, terminate Jimmie Fallon with acid

  33. Oscar

    Jay who?

  34. Boo you

    Why the hell did he leave in first place? This is stupid.. I like Conan.

  35. Hahaha

    @32

    I don’t think Conan should be on prime-time, but I totally agree about Jimmy Fallon. How he got The Roots to play on that show on a nightly basis is beyond me.

  36. f u jay

    jay leno is a piece of shit. He stole the tonight show from Letterman (Carson wanted Letterman), and he’s doing it again to Conan. I hope leno get ass cancer and dies on his way to treatment. F U Jay

  37. Phil

    Leno is a cash-hungry prick.

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  41. kiks

    Leno’s humor is for stupid people, so he should have no trouble retaining a significant audience, but Conan is hilarious & smart so it’s a shame to see him getting screwed over.

  42. Jammy

    fuck this humorless halfwit

  43. DG

    Time to boycott NBC…not like there’s anything good on there to begin with!

  44. wtf

    23. Ed Stone has it right.

  45. Maximus

    I’ve always preferred Letterman. Think back to 1993 — NBC pulled the same shit with Dave, forcing his move to CBS.

    I have never liked Leno. The guy’s an ego-freak hack. Not remotely funny or interesting or smart, even with a staff of well-paid writers. And this week? There seem to be no words to capture what a spectacular douche Leno is. “Ass rapist” is a good start.

    I have more respect for Conan today than ever before. Way to go out with style.

    But for the record, Craig Ferguson is the cream of the crop on late night.

  46. jc

    I don’t know why Jay Leno keeps at it. Money is not the issue. The tonight show is mildly funny, the monologue is the funniest part of the show, and Jays adlibs. Although he has to be the worst interviewer of any talk show I’ve seen. The shows guests seem uncomfortable and he’s awkward at asking questions, or doesn’t ask them correctly, and seems unprepared. This whole power move must be an ego thing.

  47. Vinnie the Chin

    I blame NBC for this. They wanted to have their cake and eat it too. Keeping Jay and Conan so no other network could take them and put them up against NBC shows NBC does not like competition because it knows it will get beaten. Having a stronger lineup of shows would’ve made things better.

  48. AG

    My sentiments are with #23 Ed Stone. That’s the true story. NBC screwed up and it’s sad to pit Leno and O’Brien against each other. Leno never should have been forced to leave the 11:35 p.m. spot. I don’t blame either for leaving NBC.

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