Brian Williams wanted to take over for Jay Leno on the ‘Tonight Show,’ but NBC said no

Suspended NBC News anchor Brian Williams wanted to switch to a career in late night television, according to an extensive profile on NBC's recent trouble by New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman. Sherman writes that Williams asked his bosses at NBC to take over Jay Leno's spot on the "Tonight Show" when Leno retired, but NBC's CEO Steve Burke denied the request. Later, Williams met with CBS CEO Leslie Moonves and asked to take over for David Letterman when Letterman retired from the "Late Show," but Read more [...]

Jay Leno Says Goodbye to the Tonight Show, Probably for Real This Time

If people have noticed that Jay Leno‘s sendoff from the Tonight show has been extremely low-key, there is one explanation: it’s not his first one. Leno said goodbye to late-night in 2009, and if we knew it wasn’t for good even at the time–he was leaving to host a mini-Tonight Show at 10 p.m.–it was still a moving retrospective, with a serenade from James Taylor, and a classy thank-you to Jay’s staff in which he brought on stage all the children born to the crew over the years. There may Read more [...]

Late-Night Highlight: Jay Leno Serenaded by Seth MacFarlane and Bill Maher

When you combine the stars of Family Guy and Real Time, you never know what they’re going to say. Turns out Seth MacFarlane and Bill Maher — riffing on Bette Midler’s legendary farewell to Johnny Carson — had something special to sing to outgoing Tonight Show host Jay Leno.
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The Only Quote That Matters in That 60 Minutes / Jay Leno Interview

So 60 Minutes aired its full Steve Kroft exit interview with Jay Leno Sunday night, and as the program has been doing lately with Amazon, the NSA, the dubious Benghazi whistleblower, et al., it pretty much let Leno give his side of the story unchallenged. He talked about being pushed aside by NBC for younger Late Night host Conan O’Brien (it was terrible!) and being pushed aside by NBC for younger Late Night host Jimmy Fallon (it’s totally fine!). But there was one slight bit of pushback Read more [...]

Does Anybody Believe Jay Leno Is Just Fine With Leaving the Tonight Show?

CBS has released excerpts of a 60 Minutes interview with Jay Leno airing Sunday. In this clip, he says some nice things about Jimmy Fallon, the young man who will replace him on The Tonight Show next month. He likens Fallon to Johnny Carson and says that NBC has “an extremely qualified young guy ready to jump in… So you go with the new guy. Makes perfect sense to me.” But: Fallon is replacing Jay in the same fashion and for the same reasons as did extremely qualified young guy Conan O’Brien, Read more [...]