Goodbye, stranger! I wonder when we'll see Jay Leno on late night again? Oh, right... he's going back to The Tonight Show on March 1st. Ha.
Leno ended his five-month run on primetime last night - The Jay Leno Show is officially dunzo.
Jokingly, he asked the packed studio audience, "Where were you the last five months? That's what I want to know!" And when talking about what has changed during his primetime run, he merely said, "Heidi Montag." Okay, that was funny!
Check out a cute moment from the show above when the TV host got punk'd, sorta, by Ashton!
In an interview airing tomorrow, Jay Leno sits down with Oprah Winfrey to discuss the recent late night war with Conan O'Brien... and she definitely gives him a hard time!
Leno calls the whole situation "a mess" - now that's an understatement! - and admits: "I haven't talked to him [Conan] through all this. It didn't seem appropriate... I don't know. I think it-- let things cool down and maybe we'll talk, you know."
But Oprah played hardball, asking "Did you ever ask myself, 'Am I being selfish?'" Not to mention stating that "America has taken sides, and a lot of people are not on your side."
Hey, Entertainment Weekly said it, so congrats to NBC and Jeff Zucker for their brilliant decisions with Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien - this one will surely be in the TV and journalism textbooks for many years to come.
EW has decided to honor televisionâ€™s biggest bombs and blunders in their new issue, and of course, NBC's choice to move Jay Leno to 10pm snagged the number one spot. The mag says, "It destroyed not only five hours of primetime programming, but also the local newscasts that followed." Quality shows such as Southland and Law & Order: SVU suffered, and many producers and actors voiced their disappointment, including SVU star Mariska Hargitay.
Despite the bashing on the blogosphere, the network is making an attempt to move forward, and NBC Universal TV Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin released the following statement:
"We're pleased that Jay is returning to host the franchise that he helmed brilliantly and successfully for many years. He is an enormous talent, a consummate professional and one of the hardest-working performers on television."
Eh, I doubt they're going to forget about their $45 million dollar mistake any time soon...but whatever makes the execs sleep better at night!
Last night Jay Leno gave his viewers a long explanation about his move to primetime, his ratings and why he's happy to take over The Tonight Show. While he does admit that his numbers weren't stellar, he notes that Conan's weren't either and he doesn't seem to think moving Conan to midnight is such a big deal. Somehow we think Conan could have made this snoozefest of a speech WAY more entertaining!
And we bet the hundreds of Conan supporters who braved the rain yesterday to get a glimpse of their idol would agree!
After the enormous mess NBC has found their late night division in, it seems that they are finally going to put an end to the reshuffling and give Jay back The Tonight Show at the 11:35pm slot, buying Conan out of his contract in what could be as much as a $35 million dollar deal.
Reports say the ousted host will also be able to move to another network in less than a year and many speculate that network will be Fox.
Although it is expected that Conan will go on hosting The Tonight Show for another week, his new deal could be announced as early as this weekend.
Jimmy Kimmel let it rip last night on The Jay Leno show, showing Leno no mercy.
Jimmy had previously hosted his own late night show on ABC in character as Jay Leno. Leno returned the favor by inviting Jimmy on The Jay Leno Show last night as part of his "10 @ 10" segment in which Leno asks 10 questions of his choosing. Big mistake.
When Leno asked Kimmel what his favorite prank was, Kimmel responded, "I told a guy that five years from now, I'm going to give you my show, and then I gave it to him and took it back almost instantly." Kimmel continued, "I think he works at Fox or something now."
Then Jay asked, "Ever order anything off the TV?" Kimmel responded, "You mean the way NBC ordered your show off the TV?"
But it didn't stop there. When asked about strippers, Kimmel said, "I don't like strippers because you have a phony relationship with them for money. Sort of like the way you and Conan were on The Tonight Show together passing the torch? You know what I'm saying."
And in a final plea for Conan's job back, Jimmy said, "Listen, Jay, Conan and I have children. All you have to take care of is cars. We have lives to lead here. You have $800 million. For God's sake, leave our shows alone!"
When you screw with comedians, you can expect to be roasted on their late night shows shortly afterwards, and that's exactly what happened with Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien last night. Jay started off The Jay Leno Show by expressing his frustration with recent events, commenting, "NBC said they wanted drama at 10, now they've got it! Everybody's mad!" After a few more cracks at the network, Jay concluded, "I leave NBC primetime the way I found it: a complete disaster!"
Ha! So what did Conan have to say on the matter? Conan began his program with this gem, "Good evening, I'm Conan O'Brien, the new host of Last Call with Carson Daly." Oh Conan, it's okay, you can just go to Fox, right? I'm sure they'd love to have you...