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article imageLeno to Leave The Tonight Show in May 2009

By Sheba     Jul 21, 2008 in Entertainment
Jay Leno, the host of NBC's The Tonight Show, will be given mandatory retirement, a statement from the network released today said. Leno's scheduled last show is slated for May 29, 2009.
The host of the long-running late night talk show has made no comments - yet. Whether he is happy about this arrangement or not, he is remaining tight lipped.
Conan O'Brien is expected to fill the spot once Leno exits and Jimmy Fallon will be filling in O'Brien's chair.
Facing questions about the much-publicized possibility of the supposedly disgruntled Leno taking his late-night antics—and possibly his sizable audience—with him to ABC, NBC Entertainment cochairs Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff stuck to their guns.
"We really believe in the decisions we've made with our partners, including Jay," Silverman told reporters at the Television Critics Assn. gathering.
Trying to lighten the blow for outgoing Leno, a statement from the network acknowledged the show's success during the almost 17 years Jay has been the host, saying they're proud of each and every show that Leno did and that, "He is enormously creative, generous and professional."
Which prompted this sassy retort from the reporter of this little news item.
Leno didn't immediately comment on the network-imposed timeframe.
We're guessing he's too generous and professional to let us know how he really feels.
I never really liked Leno's style, I love O'Brien though. I think he is the better one of the two and I think it is a good business move on NBC's part to put him on the Tonight Show. I hope he'll remain just as funny though and not try to be like Leno or Carson. He should be himself.
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