Jay, Conan Take Gloves Off

Leno, O'Brien continue trading digs over fate of 'Tonight Show'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2010 5:46 AM CST

(Newser) – As Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien continued to take swipes at each other last night (and everyone else continued to take swipes at Jay Leno), rumors and new developments in the NBC shake-up continued to come out. Watch highlights from last night in the video gallery, and read on for more:

  • Addressing the rumor that next Friday will be O’Brien’s last episode of The Tonight Show (see PopEater), his rep tells Us that is “not true,” and O’Brien simply has a scheduled hiatus the following week.

  • O’Brien himself addressed another rumor during last night’s monologue—the rumor that NBC will freeze him from being on the air for three years. “My response to that is, if NBC doesn't want people to see me, just leave me on NBC,” he joked.
  • One thing is certain: The replacements for the Jay Leno Show’s 10 PM slot have been set, Broadcasting & Cable reports. They include two editions of Law & Order, new drama Parenthood, Jerry Seinfeld-produced The Marriage Ref, and Dateline.
  • Gawker points to another little tiff: O’Brien put The Tonight Show up for sale on Craigslist last night (see video), then someone (NBC?) pulled the ad—but it soon reappeared. “Expect this ad to come and go for a while,” writes Azaria Jagger. The ad (for now) is here.

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