Jay Leno’s last 10 pm. prime time show will be on Feb. 11, Jeff Gaspin, the chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, said Sunday, but the network still doesn’t know where he’ll end up, The New York Times reports.
Gaspin, speaking at press tour, told reporters that the network would like to push back Conan O’Brien’s “Tonight” show a half hour, to 12:05 a.m. so Leno could do a shortened 11:35 p.m. show. Talks with O’Brien and the others about the proposal will continue this week, he said, noting, according to The Hollywood Reporter, that “My goal right now is to keep Jay, Conan and Jimmy as part of our late-night lineup. As much as I’d like to tell you we have a done deal, we know that’s not true.”
The Associated Press reported that some affiliates notified the network last month that they would go public with their complaints or even bump the show if a change wasn’t made. Gaspin said about one-third of NBC’s affiliates had been hurt by the lower ratings for Leno’s show.
The Times reported that NBC expects to schedule two hours of scripted programs, a reality show, some “Dateline” newsmagazines and reruns in the 10 p.m. hours after the Winter Olympics.