While speculation of yet ANOTHER late night shake-up at NBC hits fever pitch, audiences are left wondering who they will end up watching on the network’s 11:35 pm time slot — Jay Leno or Conan O’Brien.
The New York Times reports, “The network has a plan in the works to restore Jay Leno to his old spot at 11:35 each weeknight for a half-hour, while pushing the man who replaced him, Conan O’Brien, to a starting time of 12:05 a.m. Mr. O’Brien would then have a full hour.”
That move would also push Late Night With Jimmy Fallon from 12:25 a.m. to 1:05 a.m.
In May of 2009, Leno left The Tonight Show, under the impression that he was retiring from Showbiz. But in a last minute announcement, he came back to the network, to host a variety-type show at 10 pm. Instead of interviewing a few key guests, Jay has a handful of celebs and notables on every night, participating in quizzes, contests, and gags like “earn your plug” — where celebs have to win a contest in order to have their movie clip aired.
But rating are down across the board — Conan is not doing as well as Jay did in his former time slot, and Fallon isn’t pulling in the numbers that Conan did when he hosted Late Night. But Conan has already picked up and moved to L.A. so if NBC DOES give his time slot back to Jay, Conan would most likely leave the network!
And we’re sure Jimmy doesn’t want to be on at 1 am! Jay Leno sure knows how to cause a shake-up!