Charlie Sheen On ‘Anger Management’ Post-Selma Blair: Video

By | Thursday September 12, 2013 @ 8:10am PDT

The much-publicized exit of co-star Selma Blair from Charlie Sheen‘s FX series Anger Management has resulted in what Sheen told Jay Leno last night is “Anger Management 2.0” — which apparently means his character Charlie Goodson is now a little bit more like his old character … Read More »

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Jay Leno Visits Craig Ferguson To Discuss Life Post-’Tonight’: Video

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 8:41am PDT

Walking up to February 6 – the day NBC will boot him from The Tonight Show, again, Jay Leno stopped by Craig Ferguson’s CBS late-night talker last night to … Read More »

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Leno’s Last Tonight Show’ To Air Feb 6; Staff Paid Until September 
By Lisa De Mores – EXCLUSIVE: Jay Leno-hosted Tonight Show will air its last episode on February 6, and, per terms of his … Read More »

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Leno’s Last ‘Tonight Show’ To Air Feb. 6; Staff Paid Until September

By | Friday August 9, 2013 @ 1:53pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Jay Leno-hosted Tonight Show will air its last episode on February 6, and, per terms of his show exit deal with NBC, the cast and crew will be paid until his contract expires in September. Tonight EP Debbie Vickers made the announcement today to staffers at the show, informed sources report. It’s unclear how many crew and staff were at the meeting on the show’s Burbank lot. At one point it was reported Tonight had about 170 total staffers, including some contract workers. NBC declined comment on today’s news.

The announcement isn’t a total surprise. At NBC’s Upfront presentation to advertisers in May, the network officially announced that Jay Leno would end his 22-year run on Tonight Show during the week leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics — which start February 7. NBC also announced Jimmy Fallon would replace him on Monday, February 24, the night after the closing ceremony, followed by the debut of Late Night With Seth Meyers at 12:30 AM. Fallon’s Tonight Show will be broadcast from New York City; Lorne Michaels is exec producing, and Fallon’s Late Night writer Amy Ozols has been named producer. Read More »

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UPDATE: Obama Meets With Jeffrey Katzenberg Post-‘Tonight’ Taping

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 10:40am PDT

UPDATE, 10:40 AM: The private dinner that was off the White House schedule Tuesday night was revealed this morning. President Obama and Jeffrey Katzenberg had dinner last night, the White House has confirmed. The dinner … Read More »

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Obama Set For ‘Tonight Show’ On August 6

By | Wednesday July 31, 2013 @ 10:10am PDT

President Obama became the first sitting president to appear on late-night when he visited The Tonight Show With Jay Leno in March 2009. Now he is set to return to … Read More »

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Jay Leno Tops Ratings In First Week Of Sweep; Why Is NBC Dropping Him Again?

By | Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 3:25pm PDT

Looks like Jay Leno is going out on top. In his final May as host of The Tonight Show, Leno is No. 1 on the late-night heap for the first full week of the sweep and drawing some of his best ratings in months. That’s a success story that could prove awkward for NBC at next week’s upfront presentation as it sets the stage for Jimmy Fallon to take over The Tonight Show next year. It’s a situation made all the more uncomfortable because NBC has been boasting about Leno’s results, and the struggling network’s only other heavyweights right now besides Leno are The Voice and Sunday Night Football. Then there’s the fact that Fallon is in a far tighter race in his current 12:35 AM time slot than Leno is at 11:35 PM. With 3.4 million viewers on average for the week of April 29-May 3, The Tonight Show easily bested CBS’ The Late Show With David Letterman (2.8 million viewers) and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2.5 million viewers). ABC ran a Kimmel encore show on May 3 as it usually does on Fridays. Over the frame, Leno matched his ratings result of the comparable week last year with a 0.8/3 among adults 18-49. That translated into 1.039 million viewers in the demo last week compared with Letterman’s 0.6/3 (766,000 viewers) and Kimmel’s 0.6/3 (820,000).

Related: Jay Leno Slams “Cheap” CBS, Calls Out Les Moonves: Video Read More »

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Matt Lauer Addresses ‘Today’ Criticism, Kathie Lee Gifford’s Support On Jay Leno

By | Thursday May 2, 2013 @ 11:03pm PDT

“It’s been an interesting year — no question about it,” NBC‘s Matt Lauer said to Jay Leno on Thursday night. Understatement much? But, the embattled Today host told the embattled Tonight host, “I am not a guy who complains — I love this job, I … Read More »

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Speculation On NBC’s Jay Leno-Jimmy Fallon Transition Intensifies As Fallon Plans To Move ‘Tonight Show’ To New York

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Somehow, another NBC late-night transition has turned into a public drama. And this time, the two hosts involved are not even feuding. The network has found itself in a groundswell of speculation surrounding The Tonight Show host Jay Leno and Late Night‘s Jimmy Fallon. The network is staying mum on its plans, but a few things appear settled: Fallon is poised to replace Leno on The Tonight Show. When he does, he is not expected to copy his predecessor Conan O’Brien’s cross-country move from New York to Los Angeles. I hear Fallon and his producers had been lobbying for staying put in New York. Fallon’s current studio is being renovated, which sources say was part of a planned refurbishing of 30 Rock, and it will likely house the future Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, marking the show’s return to the East Coast after more than four decades in Burbank. Leno’s current contract, which is up in September 2014, will likely be late-night host’s last one. In an interview with GQ, Late Night executive producer Lorne Michaels also hinted at the inevitability of Fallon’s anointment as new Tonight host. “I’m not allowed to say it — yet,” he said. “But I think there’s an inevitability to it,” He added: “He’s the closest to Carson that I’ve seen of this generation.”

With the players and the framework set, the biggest uncertainty in the transition appears to be the exact timing. There is speculation that NBC brass may have settled on an end date for Leno and that Leno and Fallon, who regularly chat on the phone, have discussed the issue in a call initiated by Fallon — though all sides are denying that there is a plan in place. For now, sources at NBC indicate that the network has no plans to announce Leno’s Tonight exit at NBC’s upfront presentation in May, though the rampant speculation may force their hand in the decision-making. An announcement of Leno’s retirement is tied with the introduction of Fallon as new Tonight host, something he has not been contracted for yet. I hear NBC has not started or is in very early stages of making Fallon’s deal for The Tonight Show. Read More »

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Jay Leno Stokes NBC Feud For Second Night In A Row

By | Wednesday March 20, 2013 @ 12:09am PDT

NBC Jay LenoJay Leno isn’t letting up. On Tuesday night the The Tonight Show With Jay Leno host took another shot at his NBC overlords: “A 28-year-old woman from Serbia has a rare brain condition where she sees everything upside down”, he said in his monologue. “The good news? She’s now been given a job at the White House as President Obama’s economic adviser. Isn’t that crazy and unbelievable? She sees everything upside down. In fact, she thinks NBC is at the top of the ratings!” The joke comes a day after Leno called NBC’s executives “snakes” (watch it below) and brings him back to the target that sparked his recent feud with NBC’s Bob Greenblatt: NBC’s abysmal ratings. Read More »

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Jimmy Kimmel Tops Leno & Letterman In Demo In New Time-Slot High

On the third night in his new 11:35 PM time slot, Jimmy Kimmel garnered his highest viewership so far and beat both The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Late Show With David Letterman in the key adults 18-49 demo. Although Kimmel’s total Thursday audience of 3.167 million was up over Wednesday’s 2.859 million and his Tuesday debut’s 3.097 million, Leno topped last night with 3.4 million and Letterman was second with 3.289 million. However, in the 18-49 demo, Kimmel’s 1.241 million was up solidly –  32% over Tonight Show’s 938,000 and 34% over Late Show’s 929,000. On Kimmel’s first night in his new slot, Tonight Show drew 1.084 million adults 18-49 versus Kimmel’s 887,000 and Letterman’s 683,000. Read More »

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UPDATE: Jimmy Kimmel Pulls In 3.09 Million In 11:35 PM Debut; Tops David Letterman

UPDATE: 11:25 AM: On its first night in its new time slot, Jimmy Kimmel Live had more viewers than The Late Show With David Letterman but fell short of topping The Tonight Show. ABC’s Kimmel pulled in 3.097 million viewers Tuesday night compared to 2.882 million for CBS’ Letterman and 3.274 million for Leno. The Tonight Show got 1.084 million in the Adults 18-49 demographic compared to Jimmy Kimmel Live’s 887,000. But Kimmel solidly bested The Late Show among demo, getting 30% more than Letterman’s 683,000.

PREVIOUSLY, 8:28 AM: Jimmy Kimmel had a very good night Tuesday. In his 11:35 PM debut for his ABC late-night talk show, the host beat now-rivals Jay Leno and David Letterman in  households and in the key adults 18-49 demo. In 25 markets with local people meters, Jimmy Kimmel Live earned a 1.0/5 rating in 18-49, besting The Tonight Show’s 0.8/4 and Late Show’s 0.6/3. Among Nielsen’s 56 metered markets (with Memphis and Salt Lake City excluded), Kimmel’s move from midnight to a half-hour earlier saw his show receive a 2.8/8 household result, compared with Letterman’s 2.7/7 and Leno’s 2.4/6.

Related: Kimmel Jokes About Hosting ‘The View’ In Move To New Slot Read More »

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Jimmy Kimmel Slams Jay Leno Again

By | Friday January 4, 2013 @ 3:29pm PST

Jimmy KimmelSeems Jimmy Kimmel is still no fan of Jay Leno. “As a comedian, you can’t not have disdain for what he’s done. He totally sold out,” the ABC late night host tells Rolling Stone in the mag’s latest issue. Kimmel, whose decade old Jimmy Kimmel Live, is moving to the 11:35 PM slot on January 8, sticks it to The Tonight Show host various times in the article, which comes out on newsstands today. At one point Kimmel refers to Leno as “a master chef who opened a Burger King.” This latest slam against Leno by Kimmel comes less than three weeks after the ABC host compared the NBC host to Jason from the Friday The 13th horror movies. He also said that “as much as he would like it, Jay Leno can’t stay on television forever,” in reference to rumors of Jimmy Fallon eventually moving up to host The Tonight Show himself. In the Rolling Stone article, Kimmel calls Fallon “a very worthy competitor” for the next generation late night king.
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Jimmy Kimmel Slams Jay Leno: “Can’t Stay On TV Forever”

By | Wednesday December 19, 2012 @ 11:35am PST

Jimmy KimmelJimmy Kimmel today said Jay Leno reminds him of Jason from the Friday the 13th horror movies. “Just when you think he’s dead, he comes back,” said the ABC late night host Wednesday on a conference call about his show’s move to 11:35 PM next year. Kimmel was addressing rumors that Jimmy Fallon could replace The Tonight Show host in the next few years. “The fact is that NBC is going to make a decision someday. As much as he would like it, Jay Leno can’t stay on television forever and Jimmy Fallon is the heir apparent,” Kimmel said of his soon-to-be direct rival come January 8, 2013. While Kimmel admitted that he didn’t like what he perceived as Leno scheming against his hero David Letterman over who would take over The Tonight Show from Johnny Carson back in 1992 in the end “Jay’s just another guy doing a TV show.” Kimmel also said that The Tonight Show’s move to a minute earlier at 11:34 PM doesn’t worry him much either. “It tells me that they are a bit concerned,” said Kimmel on a conference call Wednesday. “I’ll be curious to see how long that goes on. That’s a trick designed to bring up their ratings in the first month,” he added. “What really matters is how you do in May and that’s when we’ll know where we stand.”

Related: Jimmy Kimmel Books Heavyhitter Guests For 11:35 PM Move

Kimmel said today that not a lot will change on his show when it moves to 11:35 PM. “It will pretty much be the same show we’ve always been doing,” he said. There’s this idea that you need to broaden the show or make it more wholesome, and I think that is outdated,” he added. “The jokes will remain exactly the same,” he said. “We’re moving 25 minutes earlier. From a Standards and Practices standpoint it’s not a huge difference.” Read More »

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Obama Gives ‘Tonight Show’ Best Wednesday Since Leno’s Return

By | Thursday October 25, 2012 @ 8:40am PDT

Obama Jay Leno Tonight ShowPresident Obama’s visit to The Tonight Show last night gave the show its best Wednesday ratings in more than two and a half years … Read More »

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VIDEO: Obama Mocks Trump On Leno

By | Wednesday October 24, 2012 @ 7:54pm PDT

Talking to Jay Leno tonight, President Obama blamed the bad blood between himself and Celebrity Apprentice host Donald Trump on youthful “constant run-ins on the soccer field” in Kenya, according to the White House press reports. Earlier today, Trump offered to donate $5 million to Obama’s charity of … Read More »

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Obama Books ‘Tonight Show’ This Week

By | Monday October 22, 2012 @ 8:24am PDT

President Obama will be in Los Angeles on Wednesday for a quick visit with Jay Leno, the White House announced today. Two days after the last Presidential debate set for tonight, Obama’s appearance on The Tonight Read More »

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Chat Ratings: Obamas Score On ‘The View’, Ann Romney Can’t Top First Lady On Leno

By | Wednesday September 26, 2012 @ 1:20pm PDT

The Democrats beat the Republican in the TV talk battle yesterday. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s first joint visit to The View pulled in 4.3 million viewers, the highest viewership the ABC daytime talk show has seen since President Obama appeared solo on the show May 15 and the second-highest it has drawn since May 2011. The show also had four-month highs in key demos: up 30% among total viewers and 34% in adults 18-49 season-to-date. Yesterday’s show garnered 1.1 million adults 18-49 and a 0.9 rating, 1.4 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in adults 25-54, 793,000 viewers and a 1.2 rating in women 18-49, and 1 million viewers and a 1.7 rating in women 25-54.

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Mitt Romney “Suffering” On Leno Says David Letterman, Extends Another Invite To ‘Late Show’: Video

Despite what Mitt Romney thinks, the late-night host really doesn’t hate him. In fact, David Letterman thinks the GOP presidential candidate is “delusional” to believe that and he wants … Read More »

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