Jay Leno Retirement Date Is Set, Says Reports

Garrett Montgomery | March 2, 2013 | 6 Comments More

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Jay Leno is being forced into retirement according to several sources close to the television host.

It is being speculated that in 2014 when Jay Leno’s contract is up – he will be asked by NBC to leave his post on the Late Show and he will be replaced by Jimmy Fallon.

The Hollywood Reporter claims that the reason why Jay Leno is being dumped is because the network believes that ABC’s recent decision to give Jimmy Kimmel the 11:35 time slot will take the young viewers away from them.

NBC (is additionally happy to get Fallon because his contract will cost the network less than $20 Million a year) is betting on Jimmy Fallon to grab some of the young eyeballs from Jimmy Kimmel.

David Letterman’s contract will also be up in 2014 and there is a possibility that CBS might be looking for a fresh face to appeal to the 18-49.

Let us hope that Jay Leno’s 2014 retirement does not look like the 2009 fiasco when he was given the boot and replaced by Conan O’Brien who was later fired and Leno was rehired.

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    1. C. Ruggiero says:

      I won’t miss Leno, don’t watch talk shows since Carson retired. The current hosts aren’t funny like Johnny Carson was. I get tired of hearing
      networks care most about younger 18-49. Does anyone at the networks care
      about the other age groups? Maybe that’s why NBC slipped to 5th. Its been
      a long time since TV had the Fred Silverman types in charge.

    2. Jennifer says:

      You can’t replace Jay Leno, he is Late Nite and just like Johnny Carson he deserves to have that spot until he says he is ready to go. No one can will ever replace Jay Leno so NBC better snap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3. BOOMER J says:

      NBC ( NoBody Cares) has had problems making good decisions about programing for a long time —it had to give up broadcasting the lucrative high ratings NFL football games when it decided to spend all the money to bid on The Olympics many years ago–it’s great to be The Olympic Network but not from a business perspective. You get viewers but it’s very sporadic and no large numbers compared to what the NFL broadcasts brought in. You made reference to the mess with Conan/Lenno hopefully NBC will make a good change this time and not make another mess.

    4. BRAD says:

      NBC ALREADY DID THIS AND EVEN THOUGH CONAN OBRIEN HAD HIGHER RATINGS THAN JIMMY FALLON PEOPLE STOPPED WATCHING CONAN WHEN LENO LEFT THE TONIGHT SHOW AND THE RATINGS DROPPED BELOW DAVID LETTERMAN’S RATINGS. WHEN LENO CAME BACK THE RATINGS WENT HIGHER THAN WHEN HE LEFT AND HIGHER THAN LETTERMAN. KIMMEL’S RATINGS ARE VERY LOW BUT THESE LATE NIGHT SHOWS COST SO LITTLE TO PRODUCE THEY MAKE TONS OF MONEY SELLING PRODUCTS TO OVER 50 CONSUMERS NOT TO THE 18-49 AGE GROUPS. 99% OF THE DRUGS SOLD ON LATE NIGHT TV ARE FOR SENIORS WITH HEALTH PROBLEMS. SINCE THE RECESSION THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AMONG 18-49 YEAR OLDS INCREASED BUT SENIORS HAVE PENSIONS, PRIVATE AND GOVERNMENT AND HAVE DISPOSABLE MONEY. WHO DO YOU THINK IS PAYING FOR PAYING FOR THE 18-49 YEAR OLDS COLLEGE MONEY? THEIR SENIOR PARENTS.
      JAY LENO, LIKE JOHNNY CARSON HAS BEEN BRINGING LOTS OF YOUNG COMEDIANS TO THE SHOW AND MANY WERE TRIED OUT AT LENO’S CLUB IN THE BEACH AREA OF LOS ANGELES.
      THE TONIGHT SHOW’S JAYWALKING BITS AND FUNNY HEADLINES ARE REALLY FUNNY. LENO IS A COMEDY GENIUS AND TOOK A PAYCUT SO HIS STAFF WOULDN’T BE CUT DEEPER AND RUIN THE TONIGHT SHOW. THAT CUT OF THE STAFF SIGNALS THAT THE IDIOT ACCOUNTANTS ARE IN CHARGE AT COMCAST AND AREN’T LEARNING THE LESSONS OF NBC WHEN THEY TRIED TO GET RID OF LENO FOR CONAN. THAT WAS A RATINGS DISASTER. NBC HAS THE LOWEST RATED SHOWS EXCEPT FOR THE TONIGHT SHOW FOR A REASON, BAD EXECUTIVE DECISIONS BASED ON TAKING CHEAP SHOWS OVER SHOWS PEOPLE WANT TO WATCH. LOOK AT CBS. THEY HAVE THE MOST EXPENSIVE SHOWS ON THE AIR AND THE MOST WATCHED SHOWS. TWO AND A HALF MEN ALONE GENERATES $1 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR FOR CBS.
      CBS HAS LETTMAN WHO DOESN’T GET JAY LENOS RATINGS BUT KIMMEL IS SO FAR BEHIND IT’S A JOKE. NOT A FUNNY JOKE EITHER. THOSE WHO DON’T LEARN FROM HISTORY [AND THEIR PRIOR RECENT MISTAKES] ARE BOUND TO REPEAT IT. -SANTANA

    5. jim says:

      Well !!! that’s sad ..to see jay go..hope you guys are wrong..again..it will be stuff to replace either ..jay are D.Letterman ..got be a fan of both..however at the same time we muct move forward…I did not think we ever replace Johnny//but it wored out…ut I bleave this time i will be a rough time for NBC..and CBS….Wish both the very best..and we will support you as a fan………

    6. Virginia vernon says:

      Conan was stupid. I watched two showers and turned off Conan! I really enjoyed Leno! My friends and I discussed Jay leaving and truly think the changes should be at NBC Management. The number one show on the air! WHAT!
      I hope Leno goes CBS or ABC. We will all follow him! Get them Jay Leno! You were the best!!!


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