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  • Jay Leno gets 'Tonight Show' back, Conan O'Brien is out, report says


    Seems like old times.

    Well, if you count eight months ago old.

    Jay Leno has renegotiated his contract and will host the “Tonight Show” from 11:35-12:35 on NBC, again, TMZ reported on Thursday.

    That means current host Conan O’Brien would seem to be out of a job.

    Unless they plan to co-host.

    Ba dum bum.

    RELATED: Conan Says He Won’t Budge on Time Slot.

    TMZ said Leno was guaranteed the 10 pm hour in his contract, and that by moving him to 11:35, NBC was in breach of his contract, which is why they needed to do a new deal.

    O’Brien stated categorically he would be no part of moving the “Tonight Show” to 12:05 am as originally proposed by NBC.

    POLL: Conan Should Leave NBC for FOX.

    The comedian, who has hosted the show for seven months, released a statement Tuesday saying “I sincerely believe that delaying the ‘Tonight Show’ into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. ‘The Tonight Show’ at 12:05 simply isn’t the ‘Tonight Show.’”

    However, O’Brien left some wiggle room for staying with the network.

    “There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next,” he said. ”My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.”

    RAW DATA: Conan O’Brien’s Full Statement.

    It looks like such a resolution will have O’Brien leaving the network he has worked for the past 17 years.

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