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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Joe

    Honestly, I was a big fan of Leno before this fiasco. But now, I see him as nothing more than a selfish, greedy prick. And based on this situation, I can’t help but wonder exactly what he did to screw Letterman out of the spot way back when. Before this, I saw that situation as the executives screwing Letterman, but based on what’s gong on now, I can’t help but wonder about the actual level of Leno’s direct involvement in things.

    Jay Leno, you are a two-faced greedy prick, and I sincerely hope that you fail on an epic scale.

    As for Conan, I’m a big fan of him too, and I hope that he turns this kick to the face into something beneficial.

    As for NBC, the shit network just got a whole lot shittier.

  5. SteveoJake

    fuck you leno. you suck. you are not funny. roll over and let my park my bike in your ass, you good for nothing.

  6. gigi

    …again, two words: CRAIG FERGUSON

  7. vern13

    Conan’s obvious dream was to host The Tonight Show, and he got to do it for seven months, but now, no matter what happens, even if he gets a new show on Fox, it won’t be The Tonight Show With Conan O’brien.

    But the good thing is that if he does get a show on Fox, it will likely start at 11 pm after the local news, which should help him kick Leno’s sorry ass.

    Fuck Leno, and fuck NBC!!! I’ve recorded Conan on my DVR almost every night since he became the host of The Tonight Show, but I will NEVER watch Leno! Rate that you sorry hack fuckers!!!

  8. Dennison

    I, too, have really learned to enjoy Craig Ferguson most. I had a chill down my spine years ago when Conan was announced as future Tonight host. I felt he was extremely clever but not quite at the lengendary show’s level. More grooming should have been subtly done on the Late Night show.

    Now I fear this great show’s future is in jeopardy. Leno may have lost a good portion of his audience, as comments here demonstrate. The show may never get to first place again, especially since few Conan fans will watch; but I hope they work to sharpen Jay’s basic interviewing skills.

    The fault started with NBC execs trying to have all options open to them a few years ago, and it temporarily worked. But then it came time to honor the contracts, and all h*ll broke loose.

    This is a giant mess, and the damage is self-inflicted. Leno should have handled this better (though he’d never be blameless), and been more supportive of Conan and the Tonight Show’s reputation similar to how Conan first demonstrated. But I’m sure it is hard with all the bad feelings that exist.

    This business “handling” goes on in many–probably most–companies. But the workers don’t get paid multi-millions to put up with it. It is nice once that the decision-makers also get exposed for what they are.

  9. Alex T

    Jay leno is old, washed up, and I have not once laughed at any of his jokes…….plus……..the damn headlines thing he does is lame as fuck. Look at conan, hilarious, used to be in the harvard lampoon, used to write for the simpsons when it was in its glory days, hosted the funiest late night show on tv for 17 years (just as long as leno has been hosting the tonight show) and was doing a great job on the new and improved tonight show……….I mean CMON PEOPLE, CONAN HAS THE BOSS’S DRUMMER AS A BAND LEADER………WHAT MORE DO U WANT?!?!?

  10. Jay need$ the $$

    It’s Leno’s fault. He said he was leaving and almost immediately whined what are suppose to be jokes about getting “fired.” Some how him retiring in four years is being “fired.” It was clear he never planned on leaving. He could have went elsewhere but decided to work for a network he claims to hate. I guess cause he’s a nice guy.

    Everything said in the blog post is correct expect Jay does terrible interviews. Usually nods off being clock watching, Unless it’s a female guest with a nice figure. Then he drools and stares.

    He is a pig and a money hog. Again remember he works for a network he hates for 17 years. Dude is a whiner. whined and begged till he got his show back. I think he helped push out Carson when NBC were worried about ratings to Arsenio. Johnny wanted to do 30 years even and @ about 28 years they pushed him out. He did about 29 1/4. I am sure Jay was telling them how young and hip he was.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2010/01/jay_lenos_superclassy_2004_spe.html

  11. I’m more of a jay fan anyway

  12. fuckjayleno

    FUCK OFF JAY LENO. YOU DICK!

  13. I hope everyone see’s him for the unfunny hack he is.

    http://www.fuckyoujay.com

  14. Redi

    Leno is old. I’m wishing him ill health and a hasty death. Fuck you Jay!

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