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NBC Chairman Jeff Gaspin Confirms That The Jay Leno Show Will Move to 11:35 pm, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon to Be Pushed Back

NBC Confirms Late Night Shakeup: Hoping to Give Leno, O'Brien, Fallon New Time Slots

In what was easily the most anticipated panel of this year's Winter TCA, NBC Chairman Jeff Gaspin confirmed this morning that The Jay Leno Show will no longer air at 10 p.m. starting on Feb. 12. NBC has presented a new late night deal to Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, and Jimmy Fallon that would reshuffle their respective late-night shows. Gaspin wouldn't say which of the hosts are definitely on board, but if all goes according to plan, The Jay Leno Show will move to 11:35, pushing The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien to 12:05 and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to 1:05. Here are more details:

  • The decision to move The Jay Leno Show was made to appease NBC's affiliates, who were unhappy with the show's impact. As for why audiences weren't tuning to watch Leno, Gaspin said: "I don't think that people didn't watch The Jay Leno Show because of the show's quality. I think there were so many other choices [at 10 o'clock] that people thought were better. There's just so much intense competition at 10 o'clock, that something that's easy to watch and easily joinable is not people's first or second choice at 10 o'clock.
  • Leno, O'Brien, and Fallon have the weekend to give some thought to the new plan, and talks will resume tomorrow. As for their reactions, Gaspin said, "Both Jay and Conan and Jimmy were incredibly gracious and professional. They all said they understood the difficult situation that I was in."
  • It has yet to be determined what will fill the empty spot at 10 p.m. Gaspin said he's waiting until the last possible second to figure out the programming, but there is the possibility that Rex Is Not Your Lawyer will be ready for the Spring.
  • Along with JJ Abrams's Undercovers, NBC has already picked up new specs, including government conspiracy thriller The Event, a new law show from David Kelley called Kindred, hour-long romantic comedy Love Bites, and a remake of the '70s series Rockford Files.
  • Carson Daly will continue to stay on the NBC network regardless of the ultimate outcome with the late-night lineup.

Stay tuned for lots more updates!

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angelina8023 angelina8023 7 years
Leno needs to retire and go play with his cars. Conan rocks!!!
amybdk amybdk 7 years
I'm over Leno as well. I have to say, though, that Conan seemed to have more freedom at the later time slot to do the things that make him, well, Conan.
tiabia tiabia 7 years
*had bowed out
tiabia tiabia 7 years
It would have been nice if Leno has bowed out gracefully like Carson, but no...Leno needs to retire.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I like Leno and I think this will be the best arrangement for NBC. Leno hasn't been doing well at 10:00 because his show can't compete with scripted dramas that cost ten times as much to make. And I think Conan does better with a later audience as well. The argument that Conan isn't doing well because Leno isn't doing well doesn't make sense because Leno consistently beat Letterman in the ratings even though CBS' 10:00 shows consistently beat NBC's 10:00 shows last season.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
No No No. just let go of Leno please. Why are they keeping him around?
gigill gigill 7 years
Wow, looks like they made some bad decisions over there. Wonder if it's too late now to fix them?
esmerb esmerb 7 years
Team Conan!!!
bchicgrl bchicgrl 7 years
what's interesting about the time slot moves is that Leno will only be getting a half hr show according to the times mentioned in this post. I wonder if this was a misprint or if they are only giving him 30 mins.
aistea311 aistea311 7 years
NBC is full of dumbass execs who have no idea what the hell they are doing. Leno needs to get off TV for good and Conan needs his time. I could care less for Fallon.
Kazagirl Kazagirl 7 years
They should have never changed things in the first place. I don't know what they were thinking when they decided to place Leno at 10pm five days a week. I feel bad for Conan. He has a difficult decision to make.
kmckay kmckay 7 years
i love jimmy fallon and hate that he and conan are getting booted later because of an outdated and unfunny leno. i hope leno tanks at 11:35 and nbc realizes how ridiculous they are.
vandec vandec 7 years
Leno should write a book about how to fail miserably and still get promoted. Did anyone consider the fact that Leno front-running Conan contributed to his not succeeding at the Tonight Show? If you've lost half your audience before even the news starts it trickles through to the show after. I'm pretty much a Dave fan anyway (creepiness and all) but I think NBC has created a new low for how to ruin what was once a great place. How Jeff Zucker still has a job is another mystery.
mikiomiles23 mikiomiles23 7 years
I suppose this will be good in the long run, as long as everything gets back to normal, in their new time slots.
Lyllie Lyllie 7 years
Considering Leno was beating Letterman, the "people don't like him" opinion doesn't make sense. It was the time slot. I prefer Leno to Letterman but I prefer watching my 10 o'clock shows to Leno. NBC really underestimated that a lot of people feel that way. It's funny that NBC thought Jay would save the network but he was actually destroying it.
CiaoBella01 CiaoBella01 7 years
i looove both leno and conan, but i ended up watching conan more only because of the time slots. 10 was way too early for me and i would only get home in time to catch the last bit then start with conan.
care0531 care0531 7 years
I only watch Leno from time to time now because he is on earlier. Fallon is SOOOO BAD! I mean he seriously is not good at interviewing at all and needs to go!
acyl acyl 7 years
WTF??! OK Leno needs to GO AWAY! Maybe people weren't watching the show 'cause he's NOT funny!!! NBC is lucky Conan is so easy-going.
Allyace Allyace 7 years
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