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  posted on 7/21/2008 at 06:26 PM
NBC Sets Jay Leno's Endgame

By Marcus Errico
Mon Jul 21, 7:43 AM PDT

Whether he likes it or not, Jay Leno's got a date for his final Tonight: May 29, 2009.
NBC today set the calendar for the funnyman's mandatory retirement as part of a timetable for the network's rejiggered night-owl plans.
Heir apparent Conan O'Brien will be installed as Tonight Show overlord on June 1. O'Brien will abdicate his Late Night desk in the spring, most likely March or April, and move from New York to Los Angeles to prepare for his new duties.
Jimmy Fallon in turn will take over Late Night sometime in the spring, after a practice run online.
NBC will air O'Brien-fronted Late Night reruns until Fallon is deemed up to speed.
Facing questions about the much-publicized possibility of the supposedly disgruntled Leno taking his late-night antics—and possibly his sizable audience—with him to ABC, NBC Entertainment cochairs Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff stuck to their guns.
"We really believe in the decisions we've made with our partners, including Jay," Silverman told reporters at the Television Critics Assn. gathering.
In a subsequent statement, NBC tried to give props to the departing Leno, as well as the new hosts.
"The Tonight Show has a remarkable history rich in tradition. We're proud of each and every show Jay has shared with America as we look forward to Conan carrying on that outstanding tradition next year," said Rick Ludwin, NBC's chief late-night programmer.
"We also can't wait for Jimmy to showcase his winning style following Conan. Jay has left his personal stamp on The Tonight Show for what will be 17 years. He is enormously creative, generous and professional."
Leno didn't immediately comment on the network-imposed timeframe.
We're guessing he's too generous and professional to let us know how he really feels.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2008 at 07:07 PM
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  posted on 7/21/2008 at 07:12 PM

I hate to say but i'm not a fan of either.....

 

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  posted on 7/21/2008 at 07:17 PM
I'm not a big fan of Leno, but Conan is just weird. Craig Ferguson cracks me up; I hope he takes Letterman's spot when Dave is ready to hang it up.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2008 at 07:18 PM
I think a lot of people miss Johnny, Ed, and Doc. I know I do. The show hasn't been the same since Carson retired. He was a class act, one in a million.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2008 at 07:20 PM
And the big winner here is Jimmy Kimmel!!

 

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  posted on 7/21/2008 at 07:20 PM
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The show hasn't been the same since Carson retired. He was a class act, one in a million.


Very true!

 

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  posted on 7/21/2008 at 07:31 PM
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I hate to say but i'm not a fan of either.....


Bingo!


Leno?...not funny

Conan?...odd guy

 

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  posted on 7/21/2008 at 07:49 PM
Loved Johnny Carson....

 

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  posted on 7/21/2008 at 09:21 PM
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I'm not a big fan of Leno, but Conan is just weird. Craig Ferguson cracks me up; I hope he takes Letterman's spot when Dave is ready to hang it up.


i agree - i think ferguson is the best thing on late night right now. leno just never caught that same spark that johnny did. conan's ok but i don't know if his humor will appeal to the mass market. time will tell.........

 

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  posted on 7/22/2008 at 07:56 AM
I've never liked Jay Leno, even back when he was a standup comedian. I just don't "get" him, or why some people think he is so funny. It probably doesn't help that I'm a big Letterman fan, and like many people I think Jay "stole" the Tonight Show from Dave, who was Carson's favorite to replace him on the show.

Conan O'Brien is a brilliant comedy writer--just look at all the Simpsons episodes he wrote. However, he is more uncomfortable in front of a camera that anybody I've ever seen. It is physically painful for me to watch him squirm, and he should go back to writing.

Craig Ferguson is the real deal, and I too hope he takes over when Letterman retires. Then again, I don't see that happening anytime soon. Dave seems to be funnier lately than he's been in years, and I don't see him sitting around the house or playing golf all day.

 
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  posted on 7/22/2008 at 10:01 AM
Johnny Carson to Jay Leno to Conan O'Brien......

Another example of the decline western civilization

What's next, Carrot Top?

 

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  posted on 7/22/2008 at 10:29 AM
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Johnny Carson to Jay Leno to Conan O'Brien......

Another example of the decline western civilization

What's next, Carrot Top?


Amen, Amen. Talk about a steady and sharp decline!

 

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  posted on 7/22/2008 at 11:09 AM
Conan sucks. Craig Ferguson is much better fit.

 

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  posted on 7/22/2008 at 11:41 AM
I think Conan is one of the funniest guys on TV and he's got the best Late-night band, by far. He also gets some pretty good music acts on his show. Mule was on Conan with Woody when their debut album was released. I'm kind of disappointed that the show has to move to LA though.
 

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  posted on 7/22/2008 at 02:35 PM
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I'm not a big fan of Leno, but Conan is just weird. Craig Ferguson cracks me up; I hope he takes Letterman's spot when Dave is ready to hang it up.

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This is how I feel also. I am curious about Conan, but I can't imagine him being really entertaining. I didn't think that much of his sidekick Andy when he had a sidekick, but in retrospect, I think Andy did add to the show.

 

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  posted on 7/22/2008 at 05:11 PM
I hardly ever watch The Tonight Show. I've never been a fan of Jay Leno's, so I won't be sad to see him go.
I don't think Jay is funny; you have to be smart to be funny. I know a host wants to make his guests feel welcome, but Jay has always been far too ingratiating for my taste. He's so afraid to offend.
I don't watch Conan that often either, but I do think he'll be an improvement over Jay.

You know, Johnny Carson was a great interviewer;he could talk to anyone. Moreover, he was a great listener.
One thing I've noticed about both Jay and Conan is how uncomfortable they are talking to their guests. Jay asks dopey questions, and Conan can't relax enough to just let his guests talk w/o interrupting them every second to make a joke.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 12:03 AM
I don't like Jay Leno and I never did. He is not funny. I love Dave Letterman. He is so much better than Leno. Conan is strange, really strange. He is not very funny either, but better than Leno. But as far as Craig Ferguson goes, I don't like him either. Cant they find better? Maybe not. When Letterman leaves, so will I. And I still miss Johnny too. He is irreplaceable. I always liked Dick Cavett when he had his late night show. He was a natural.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 01:05 AM
I think the time slot has a lot to do with it. I was a huge Letterman fan in the old days but it seemed like he really had to tone it down when he moved to 11:30. As a Conan fan I'm afraid the same thing will happen when he takes over for Leno.

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 05:35 AM
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I think a lot of people miss Johnny, Ed, and Doc. I know I do. The show hasn't been the same since Carson retired. He was a class act, one in a million.


Agreed. Johnny had class. He was one of the great ones who helped define quality television. Now, they're all gone and no one running television these days has a clue.

I'm also a huge Letterman fan. And to be honest, Leno, though likeable enough, never really had it IMO.

He was an adequate guest host for Carson but he was never ever to pull it off consistently enough on his own. I watched the first week or so when he took over and have not been back since. How many years has that been? 17?

I still watch Dave when I can and he still is a class act, just like his former mentor Johnny.

It's ironic that Leno's former manager Helen Kushnick (with Leno's apparent silent approval) pushed NBC to drop Johnny in favor of Leno due to Johnny's age and the fact that Leno would bring a fresh presense to the show. And the NBC execs turned on Johnny like the cretins that they were.

And now they're doing the same to Leno. "Great job Jay. But make sure you're finished packing on May 28th." And don't let the door hit you in the jaw on the way out..."

Poetic justice.





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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 05:51 AM
Anyone who is interested in the whole Johnny Carson/ David Letterman/Jay Leno/Battle for the Tonight Show should search out a copy of Bill Carter's book The Late Shift which is a facinating and enlightening read.

HBO also made a movie called The Late Shift based on the book which managed to stay fairly accurate, and is worth seeing if you get the chance.



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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 07:31 AM
WOW..........lots of Jay bashers here. I haven't watched him in years, but when I worked swing shift for a few years (about ten years ago) I caught Jay Leno every night when I got home. I thought he was funny as hell. And I always liked him better than Letterman. To me, Letterman is just <GOOFY>

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 07:45 AM
Well, to me and a lot of other people, goofy is funny One of the things about Dave that I find enjoyable and endearing is that even after all this time in show business, he still comes across as some goofy guy from Indiana. That is his whole charm, in my opinion.

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 08:05 AM
It's about time , Jay Leno sucks . I'm not sure how the change will play out however . I'm a fan of Conan O'Brien , but I'm not so sure his brand of humor will appeal to the Tonight show crowd .

The show that's bound for certain failure is Conan's old show with Jimmy Fallon at the helm . Fallon and Tina Fey take the lion's share in the death of Saturday Night Live .

 

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  posted on 7/23/2008 at 08:22 AM
squabs, I believe it's Jimmy KIMMEL, not Jimmy Fallon, although I'm not a fan of either.

Not sure about the Tina Fey comment, 30 Rock is arguably the best show on TV right now.

 
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