NBC Makes it Official: Jay Leno’s Prime Time Failure Canceled
January 10, 2010
(ChattahBox)—- After days of speculation, it’s now official; NBC announced on Sunday that Jay Leno’s prime time experiment will be coming to an end on Feb. 12. Leno and Conan O’Brien are expected to remain with the network, providing their current programming in shortened 30-minute shows.
Jeff Gaspin, the chairman of NBC Universal Entertainment acknowledged on Sunday that Jay Leno’s prime time show “did not meet affiliate needs.” But he praised Leno and O’Brien for their “incredibly gracious and professional” performance throughout the failed experiment.
Gaspin is in talks to revamp the late night lineup to air Leno for an 11:35 p.m. show, Conan O’Brien for 12:05 p.m. and then Jimmy Fallon after O’Brien, although that schedule is still up in the air. “We’re back in conversation tomorrow,” said Gaspin.
Although Leno may reappear at the normal time slot for NBC’s The Tonight Show, that moniker would remain with O’Brien. “Conan wanted the franchise of The Tonight Show; Jay wanted to tell jokes at 11:30, Gaspin told People Magazine. Still things [need] to be worked out.”
But Conan O’Brien had his own special take on the controversy on a recent show:
“Both of our shows will be on at 11:30, running simultaneously in split screen, the Tonight Show will be an iphone app and the Jay Leno Show will become an Xbox game, Jay and I are quitting both of our shows and co-starring in a new buddy cop drama called “Coco And The Chin,” Jay and I will be joining the cast of “Jersey Shore” as a new character called “The Awkward Situation,” I’m pregnant with Jays baby, Jay’s pregnant with my baby, we’re both pregnant with Tiger Woods’ babies, and NBC is going to throw me and Jay in a pit with sharpened sticks. The one who crawls out alive gets to leave NBC.”