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Jay Leno: FOX Will Offer Deal If NBC Lets Him Go

Sat, March 23, 2013 7:35pm EDT by 15 Comments
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With rumors heating up that NBC is planning on replacing Jay Leno, HollywoodLife reports EXCLUSIVELY that FOX is waiting in the wings to give him a new late night show! Read on to find out the name of the show!

Reportedly, Jimmy Fallon may be replacing Jay Leno in the 11:35 PM time slot soon, but he shouldn’t worry — it looks like he won’t have to wait long to get a new job.

Jay Leno: FOX Will Offer Him A Show

A source tells exclusively that “FOX is 100% going to offer Jay Leno a late night spot if NBC decides to get rid of him.” Wow — how’s that for job security?

The source also tells us that FOX is really looking forward even though Jay hasn’t officially been let go — they’re already brainstorming show names! “Some names thrown around for the show are, ‘Leno,’ ‘The Other Show with Jay Leno’ or ‘Jay’. Those are the names that have been thrown around,” the source says. Hmm, sounds like FOX is ripping off Jay’s other former replacement Conan O’Brien — his TBS late night show is simply named Conan.

Jay Leno: Will FOX’s Interest Make NBC Hang Onto Him?

But FOX shouldn’t get too ahead of themselves — as we also exclusively reported on Mar. 6, NBC is still hesitant to pull the trigger and promote Jimmy Fallon. “NBC is scared if they do it, they think that Jay would go elsewhere,” our source tells HollywoodLife. Now we’ve learned FOX is just waiting to take Jay off their hands.

Nevertheless, NBC is most concerned with competing against Jimmy Kimmel, who recently moved to the 11:30 time slot on ABC. Since the move, even less young people have been watching Jay — the percentage of young viewers watching the Tonight Show has declined by over ten percent since going head-to-head with Jimmy, according to a New York Post report. NBC will be more concerned about remedying that situation than losing Jay Leno.

What do you think of the potential late night shakeup, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!

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— Andrew Gruttadaro, Reporting by Russ Weakland

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