â€œThe Jay Leno Showâ€ will be removed from the prime-time lineup after February 11, NBC confirmed on Sunday.
Leno will move back to late night at 11:35 p.m. (ET/PT) on March 1, after the Winter Olympics, in a half-hour format, USA Today reported.Â Leno was the previous host of â€œThe Tonight Show,â€ but moved to 10 p.m. this fall with â€œThe Jay Leno Show.â€
“While it performed at an acceptable level for the network, it did not meet our affiliates’ needs, and we need to make a change,” NBC Universal TVÂ chief Jeff Gaspin told TV critics, according to reports.
NBC has asked the new â€œTonight Showâ€ host, Conan Oâ€™Brien, to move to 12:05 a.m., which would bring â€œLate Night with Jimmy Fallonâ€ to air at 1:05 a.m.Â
NBC has not yet worked out a deal with Oâ€™Brien.Â He would need to agree to change his contract.
“I’d like to tell you we have a done deal, (but) that’s not true,” Gaspin said. “Talks are ongoing” with O’Brien, and “my goal and my hope is he will stay with the network.”
The Fox network is reportedly interested in Oâ€™Brien.
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