Stuttering John Still With Leno, But No Longer On-Camera; Liz Plonka From Conan’s Old Show Will Direct Leno

Jul 23, 2009  •  Post A Comment

John Melendez, the Jay Leno announcer who was known for years as Stuttering John when he was part of Howard Stern’s old radio show, will no longer be on-air when Leno comes back in primetime, Variety reports. Instead, Melendez will be a part of Leno’s 19 person writing staff.

And Liz Plonka, the former director of "Late Night with Conan O’Brien" will be the director of Leno’s new show. Leno’s director on the "Tonight" show for his entire run on that show was Ellen Brown, Variety says.

—Chuck Ross

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