The Chin Is In: Leno Will Stay at NBC

Tonight Show host will get new gig at 10 pm: report
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2008 7:15 PM CST
Comedian Jay Leno arrives at the National Lampoon Premiere of 'One, Two, Many' at the Arclight Theatre, on April 10, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – NBC will keep Jay Leno and give him a new talk show in its 10pm slot, sources tell Deadline Hollywood Daily. Leno had said he was "done" with NBC and regularly skewered network chief Jeff Zucker on the Tonight Show, fueling speculation that Leno would move to ABC. But it seems NBC could not afford to lose late night's No. 1 talk show host.

NBC's primetime ratings have been low, and a new Leno show comes without the cost of developing another program, the New York Times reports. Leno's new show will be similar to the Tonight Show, which Leno will leave in May, when Conan O'Brien takes over.