There’s a serious shake-up going on at NBC!
After much confusion, NBC officially announced today that Jay Leno host of The Jay Leno Show, which currently airs weeknights at 10 p.m., will abandon that timeslot beginning Feb. 12. Ratings for the show haven’t been great, and the network is hoping that moving it back to late-night will attract more viewers. But moving Jay’s show around might mean having to adjust the times for Conan O’Brien‘s The Tonight Show, as well as Jimmy Fallon‘s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. And in the middle of all this scheduling talk, there are also rumors of FOX trying to steal Conan away from NBC — which might not be too far off, considering how Conan took a jab at NBC during his Jan. 8 monologue.
Conan addressed the rumors in that monologue, adding in a few hilarious fake ones for good measure. “NBC is going to throw me and Jay in a pit with sharpened sticks,” he joked. “The one who crawls out alive gets to leave NBC.” Ouch! Not such a loving thing to say about your own network, Conan. Watch the clip here:
Jeff Gaspin, the chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, says talks between Jay, Conan and Jimmy are still ongoing. No final decisions have been made yet about when the shows will air in February. “They all have the weekend to think about it,” he says.