NBC made the announcement that the network is pulling Jay Leno’s prime time show. It’s still unclear what the network will do with Jay from here.
Veteran comedian Jay Leno, for years king of late-night television in the United States, is being ousted from his prime-time perch, NBC announced Sunday, conceding that an experiment to air his talk show in an earlier time slot had failed.
“The Jay Leno Show” as of February 12, no longer will fill the coveted 10 pm (0500 GMT) time slot, NBC said, following complaints from local stations that his low ratings were hurting the popularity of programs that followed his.
“In November, we started hearing from our affiliates that our local news is being impacted more than we expected,” NBC Universal Television Entertainment president Jeff Gaspin told a gathering of television critic in Pasadena, outside of Los Angeles.
“At the end of November, they told us it’s not really getting much better for us — in some cases we had a number one newscast, now we’re number three,” he said.
“Towards the middle of December, they made it clear they would be more vocal about their displeasure. I realized this would not go well if we kept this and I made the tough call,” he said.
Leno reportedly has been flirting with other networks, but his plans following the announcement Sunday were not immediately clear.
Conan O’Brien has taken advantage of the rumor-mongering and had a funny clip just the other night.