Jay Leno is reflecting on the late night time tv fiasco that noticed him briefly leaving The Tonight Show earlier than making a return quickly after. Back in 2009, Leno formally stepped down because the host of The Tonight Show on NBC, fulfilling a promise made years earlier than that he would get replaced on this system by Conan O’Brien. Leno wound up staying on the community with a brand new present, The Jay Leno Show, that aired at 10 p.m. as a lead-in to the brand new Tonight Show.
Unfortunately, each exhibits had been failing to fulfill the scores expectations that NBC had been hoping for. When NBC sought to push The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien to a later time slot and air The Jay Leno Show as a substitute, O’Brien selected to as an alternative depart the job, finally parting methods with the community to launch one other discuss present elsewhere. Leno was then put again into The Tonight Show the place he remained till 2014.
Looking again on the state of affairs in a brand new interview for Bill Maher’s Club Random Podcast, Leno says that after the preliminary announcement was made that O’Brien would substitute him, Craig Ferguson had grow to be a success together with his discuss present on CBS. That had NBC execs fearful about having Leno from the late night time panorama which is how The Jay Leno Show got here into query. Leno says he was apprehensive about doing the collection however acquiesced when it was promised that his complete workers can be paid for 2 years, even when the present was canceled.
Leno additionally denies that he had deliberately tried to “sabotage” O’Brien’s Tonight Show run in an try and get his previous job again. He says that the experiment with having The Jay Leno Show air forward of The Tonight Show wasn’t working and that he was requested by NBC about having his present pushed again with The Tonight Show approaching later. Leno agreed and urged they ask O’Brien if he’d be alright with it, and that is when the matter went public with Conan saying his plans to go away the present.
“That didn’t work. ‘Oh, Leno deliberately sabotaged his show to try and get The Tonight Show.’ No, that doesn’t work, it doesn’t work that way. You try to do the best you can, and it didn’t work. And then they said, ‘How about coming on at 11:30?’ I said, ‘Look, I don’t want to do this again.’ He goes, ‘If Conan moves back to 12, would you do a half-hour at 11:30?’ I said, ‘Talk to Conan. If he’ll go to 12, I’ll do a half-hour, just do a monologue and one guest.’ And, of course, Conan didn’t want to do that, and that’s when he wrote the letter. And they put me back in, and we became number one again.”
Jay Leno Stayed Loyal to NBC
Bill Maher questioned why Jay Leno didn’t select to search out one other community to launch a chat present as a method of sticking it to NBC for letting him go from The Tonight Show within the first place. Leno stated he felt a way of loyalty and in addition wished to keep away from having NBC upset with him as nicely.
“I’m pretty loyal… You know, sometimes the czar you have is better than the one you’re going to get. Here’s the thing, then you have your old team shooting at you as well. I just figured, let’s just play this out and see what happens. This all happened fairly quickly.”
Jimmy Fallon wound up taking on as host of The Tonight Show when Leno exited for good from the job in 2014, and he continues to host this system to this present day.