NBC Wants Jay Leno To Stay

NBC Entertainment President Bob Greenblatt doesn’t know the definition of insanity. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Greenblatt told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour that he hopes Jay Leno stays with NBC, after his run at The Tonight Show is over and Jimmy Fallon takes over as host. Clearly, the Peacock Network is conveniently ignoring the lessons it should have learned from situations with Conan O’Brien and, his Late Night predecessor, David Letterman. The golden rule at NBC should be: “Until Jay Leno no longer works here, don’t give The Tonight Show to the host of Late Night.”

Instead of giving Leno a primetime talk show, NBC wants him to stay on as a “comedian emeritus.” Basically, NBC wants to give Leno the Bob Hope plan, which was something like one to four specials primetime every year for 50 years. There is no way that will work. People loved Bob Hope. Few people love Jay Leno. No one is going to sit by their television anxiously waiting for “The Jay Leno Christmas Special” to start. Limiting Leno’s TV appearances will only make Conan and Letterman fans happy that they no longer have to see Leno’s face every time they channel surf.

If NBC decides to do something that makes sense, the networks should give Leno a car show that airs Saturday nights at 8pm. It could be like Top Gear, only without all the fun British swear words. The other option NBC has is to treat Jay Leno like Howard Beale from Network. He can have the show until he dies, but they might have to hire a hit man to kill him.

About Allison Lips

I am the Toastmasters District 83 Public Relations manager and President of Freehold Phrasers.

Posted on July 28, 2013, in Comedy, Late Night, NBC, Network Television and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Dear Jay.. i remember back when my daughter was a baby… in the 80’s it was the first time i watched u on tv. back then ur dad?? i believe.. passed away? u touched my soul because at that time i couldnt imagine what it whould b like too feel what u felt.. now time has passed n my dad has also,I wrote u a letter, I really did!!! I wish i sent it too u because ever since then u have my watch at 11:35pm every nite!! n im from mass n in my letter that i cant find! wish i sent! I just wanted n did in my letter too let u know …. Im so sorry for ur loss n just too let u know ur soooooo funny… when i was sad u made me laugh!! n NO ONE!!! could ever b u!!! or take ur place!! u will b missed!!!! enjoy ur freedom!! uve earned it!!!

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