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article imageWill Leno take ‘Tonight’ back from Conan?

By Owen Weldon     Jan 7, 2010 in Entertainment
On Thursday NBC shot down rumors that it would be canceling the low-rated " the Jay Leno Show." Unconfirmed sources say that a lineup shuffle may be in the works that would keep Leno at the network.
There is speculation that Leno's show would go on hiatus beginning Feb. 1 and after the Winter Olympics the comic would return at the helm of "The Tonight Show" at 11:30, which would mean that Conan O'Brien would lose that time slot.
According to executives at NBC a decision would definitely not be announced but they did not deny a report posted by the website TMZ that NBC was considering making the switch and replacing Conan O'Brien at "Tonight" with Leno.
The network refused to respond to requests for comments on the reports. The network did issue a statement showing support for Leno.
The statement said that Leno is one of the best entertainers in the world and that the network has always said that. The network also said that Leno has performed exactly how they anticipated. However there are issues that are of concern for affiliates of NBC. Leno and the show are committed to working closely with the affiliates to find ways to improve the performance.
On Thursday a story was published suggesting that NBC would pull the plug on the show after the Winter Olympics, claiming that the low ratings were to blame.
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