Jay Leno Heading Back To Late Night, Conan O’Brien Weighing Options
First Published: January 8, 2010 4:43 PM EST Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- It’s a done deal — Jay Leno is heading back to his “Tonight Show” time of 11:35 PM, Access Hollywood has confirmed.
Jay has signed off on the switch. NBC will be moving “The Jay Leno Show,” currently scheduled at 10 PM, into late night and cutting the show from an hour to 30 minutes, focusing mostly on his monologue.
The question is – will Conan O’Brien accept the move of his “Tonight Show” to the midnight slot?
His options include saying yes, and taking the midnight to 1 AM hour – or leaving the network. NBC could also bench the comedian, but would have to keep paying him.
The late night shuffle is expected to take place at the end of the Winter Olympics, airing on NBC in February.
Jay noted the move on Thursday night’s “Jay Leno Show,” joking, “Hey Kev, what does NBC stand for? ‘Never believe your contract.’”
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