“The Jay Leno Show” will soon be cancelled or shifted into late night. FTV, an industry web site even declared that Leno’s show would be cancelled as soon as Winter Olympic start, which is next month when many programs will fill for Olympics coverage.
According to TMZ, Leno would go on hiatus on Feb 1.
This would make Leno’s successor at “The Tonight Show,” Conan O’Brien, “the odd man out,” TMZ said.
Leno might be returning as the host of the “Tonight Show” when New York Times late Thursday reported the discussions made by NBC executives involving both Leno and O’Brien.
Jay Leno even cracked joke while on his show that NBC has not canceled his show:
“I don’t think there is any truth to the rumors. See, it’s always been my experience that NBC only cancels you when you’re in first place. So we are fine. We are OK.”
Leno has hosted an hour talk show, but the low rating made NBC affiliate stations upset because they were getting weaker lead-in audiences.
In a statement released Thursday, NBC said,
“Jay Leno is one of the most compelling entertainers in the world today. As we have said all along, Jay’s show has performed exactly as we anticipated on the network. It has, however, presented some issues for our affiliates. Both Jay and the show are committed to working closely with them to find ways to improve the performance.”