Late night veteran Conan O'Brien takes over for Jay Leno as the fifth host of television institution The Tonight Show in 2009.
With the Olympics winding down, Jay Leno will be heading back to late-night next week and his first guests have been announced. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sarah Palin, Simon Cowell and the cast of Jersey Shore will be among the first guests on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Leno will also welcome American Olympians Apolo Anton Ohno, Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn to the program as well in his first few weeks back. It was also announced that stars such as Dakota Fanning, Kim Kardashian, Jamie Foxx and Morgan Freeman have been booked for Leno's first two weeks back in his old stomping grounds.Read More
Conan O'Brien will air his very last episode of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien tonight, but it seems he will rebound just fine. The only question is where. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that, while O'Brien can't "pursue other opportunities" until September 1, there are several networks interested in O'Brien's services.
Fox still remains to be the front-runner, as they've been wanting to get into the late-night game for many years now and O'Brien's popularity with younger viewers fits right in with Fox's core audience. It was also said that another option would be with Fox's cable arm FX, which could air O'Brien's show at 11 and then possibly move the show to Fox later, since there would have to be extensive discussions with the network's affiliates for a late-night move.Read More
According to Reuters, NBC has reached a deal with The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien host Conan O'Brien to leave the show with Jay Leno to resume hosting duties on March 1.
The deal brings to an end the turmoil between the network, O'Brien and Leno that started when the network announced it was ending its primetime experiment of The Jay Leno Show after affiliates were reporting significant decreases in local news programs.Read More
Conan O'Brien is close to finalizing his exit from The Tonight Show, with his last episode suspected to air next Friday. According to Variety, Jay Leno will once again sit in the host's chair starting March 1st, the night after the Winter Olympics conclude.
Details of the agreement between Conan O'Brien and NBC were not disclosed, but it is known that an concord was hammered out late Friday night, with O'Brien suspected to sign over the weekend. It's believed that O'Brien will receive between $30 to $40 million for exiting the show, but it could be less if he decides to jump to another network.Read More
It seems like NBC's late-night drama has both ended and began anew, perhaps. TMZ is reporting that NBC has finalized a deal for Jay Leno to return to host The Tonight Show, which means Conan O'Brien is out. Here are the few details the site has posted.As we first reported, under the contract Jay had been working under, he was guaranteed the 10 PM hour. By moving him to 11:35, NBC was in breach of his contract and needed to negotiate a new deal. That is now done, sources tell TMZ.
So Conan O'Brien is out, and Jay is restored.Read More
In the last few days, I've been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I've been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I've been absurdly lucky. That said, I've been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.
Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over The Tonight Show in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.Read More
In a story from Variety, Conan O'Brien isn't very happy with NBC's decision to put him on after midnight.
At present, nobody knows if O'Brien will accept the NBC proposal. He took on hosting duties for Tonight Show in June.Read More
Jay Leno moving back to late night? If a new report is to be believed, it seems there has ben a shake-up at NBC over late-night programming. TMZ is reporting that NBC will move The Jay Leno Show back to the 11:30 PM timeslot, which could spell doom for The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.
It was said that The Jay Leno Show would go on hiatus on February 1, due to NBC's Olympic coverage and after the Olympics, Leno would return to the 11:30 PM timeslot. Apparently NBC execs are trying to decide whether Leno's show would be cut down to a half-hour show, in which case The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien would air in the other half-hour, or if Leno's show would run the full hour, which would likely result in the network dropping O'Brien.Read More