March 1st, 2010
09:40 AM ET

The return of Leno

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No joke. Jay Leno returns on Monday night.

Leno is back as the host of “The Tonight Show” after a tumultuous period in which NBC canceled “The Jay Leno Show” and Conan O’Brien exited the network amid lots of barbs and headlines.

Monday night’s announced guests include Jamie Foxx and Olympic Gold Medal skier Lindsey Vonn, plus a musical performance from Brad Paisley.

The return week will also feature appearances by an eclectic group including former Alaskan Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Winter Olympics star snowboarder Shaun White Olympian of all time Apolo Anton Ohno, comedienne and E! personality Chelsea Handler, Oscar-nominated director Jason Reitman, actor Morgan Freeman and the cast of "Jersey Shore."

Meanwhile, Conan has been laying low, sporting a beard and making use of his new Twitter account. After joking that he had interviewed a squirrel in his backyard and connected the freckles on his arm with a Sharpie, this weekend he wrote “This is only my 5th tweet and I’m already exhausted. My God, how does Ashton do it?”


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  3. cj

    who cares if he comes back i dont whatch him none esle does so who cares its a stupied show

    March 2, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jo

    Glad Jay is back! Dave is just an old grouchy man and Conan was too much to watch with all his wierd gestures! I, for one, stand up and vote for Jay–by the way, NBC made the decision in the first place!

    March 1, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Snipweed

    In the overall concept of the universe; who's hosting the Tonight Show is pretty insignificant....

    March 1, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. The Gam

    Hooray for Jay! So glad to know that at the end of a long, hard day I can tune in to some intelligent humor instead of Conan's sophomoric antics and Letterman's stale, mean-spirited kind of humor. For all of the Leno haters out there you have two options: the channel changer and the Off button!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. travelskier

    Jay produced good ratings for this time slot before, (which is all that really matters to the network) and will most likely do so again. I planed to record it and watch it latter.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. EJ

    I'm glad Leno is back. Conan wasn't funny. NBC should never have promised him the Tonight Show. Leno was #1 for years against Letterman and will be #1 again. I Wouldn't watch Letterman if God was his first guest. He's almost as bad as Conan.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brian Sullivan

    I never had a problem with Leno! I'm 24, and Love his humor. I wont watch not because I don't like him, but becaise I don't watch television!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Al Gustafson

    Welcome back Jay! We've missed you. Can't stand that "Bevus & Butthead" humor of Conan and Letterman. We've missed your laugh and intelligent humor!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GeoB

    And this will last how long...........?

    March 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. spenceteeth

    ICEBERG RIGHT AHEAD!

    Get James Cameron then it will be Titanic.

    Its people that love Leno, and cause many stupid things to be broadcast out to us the consuming public. Bring on, Letterman. Hes whats raised my late night love to the level that a Late Night without Conan O'Brien is almost apocolyptic in nature. DAMN you Jay Leno and Damn all you people that dont really know what is funny and original, and just want your Oatmeal with a pad butter (LENO). Cant wait to all of you are to old to even comprehend quality television or the ability to complain locally to return your Oatmeal to its original recipe.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. J

    Ivan Bear, glad to see you are right on with everything. Leno is not funny at all and Letterman is not from Connecticut.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ross

    Conan SUCKED and had terrible ratings and so does letterman. You morons that dont like jay – who gives a flying ####.....watch something else!

    March 1, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Doug, witnessing liberalism

    I knew that the Letterman Libs would be spewing hate against Jay here, thank god they don't want him dead like Sarah Palin's whole family.

    Libs and Objectiveness are like Bin Laden and a Minorah, they have no connection what so ever.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  16. TheMastadon

    I don't completely blame Leno. He should have showed a little more respect for Conan though. After all Jay Leno had a terrible start when he first started the show. A lot people complained about him, and so forth. Apparently all of his eventual success went to his head, and I think he forgot about where he came from. I think most of the blame deserves to be placed on NBC. They handled this situation terribly. I don't think Conan got a fair crack at the show to be honest. It took Leno years before he became successful. I think the industry has changed over the years, and everyone is expecting quick results these days.

    I dont feel bad for Conan by any means, but I enjoy Conans humor much, much, more. I wish his show was still around. Unfortunately, NBC made a bad choice, and I know for a fact they will regret it when Conan is on Fox, hopefully stealing the ratings. I will be boycotting Leno's show... which wont be hard since I never really watch it, or enjoy it in the least. I know my grandma likes Leno, so thats cool I guess.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Denise

    Will not watch...huge fan of Conan!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Guest

    I stopped watching Conan a couple of years ago after watching Craig Ferguson who is much funnier. Conan sophomoric humor is great for the Simpson’s but not Late Night. Leno started as a standup comic and works clubs refining his craft: Conan not so much. Conan’s physical humor borders on creepy. Besides none of those guys has a Jet powered motorcycle that they drive over 200mph or the sack to do so.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Brasky!

    Psyched to have Jay back! Conan was lame.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Tim

    I really enjoy Leno – it is my favorite show. Oldies can see Letterman.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Sebastian

    Leno has an incredible talent for never being funny. You'd think it might accidentally happen once in a while. I don't see why people like Letterman or the Tonight Show anyway- it's a collection of terrible monologues combined with celebrities telling boring, self-indulgent, pre-packaged anecdotes provided to the shows by their publicists. I'd rather watch Colbert at that time. His comedy is brilliant and cutting edge in comparison to the garbage on late night network TV.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  22. jake

    Leno is just another whiny baby boomer who doesn't know when to retire. Hang it up Grandpa. We have kids and family to support. Another brilliant decision by Baby Boomer management trying to put off the inevitable. Gen X and Gen Y's turn guys... Leno and NBC management Suck.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Dick Cheney

    Leno had his show cancelled due to bad ratings. How did this happen? NBC would have kept this running joke on he air except so many affiliates complained of SEVERE ratings dropoffs that their local new programming was being hurt. THAT hurts local ad rates and THAT is why Leno got the boot.
    My God, Leno's show was beaten DAILY by reruns on CW! Fact!
    And this had a HUGE impact on Conan's show, as the viewers had already tuned out at 10/9 Central and did not flip back for the news, or Conan.

    Leno is completely responsible for his own failure, and a large factor in the failure of Conan O'Brien to maintain his ratings. I can't say I wish him well, but at least I understand the dynamics of the situation.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Alex

    NBC and Leno lost me forever with the stuff they pulled (yeah yeah I know some people are trying to render Leno blameless, but his name's on the show and history will remember his name not the behind-the-scenes players). I will watch the Tonight Show again when Jimmy Fallon or someone else takes over from Leno. Assuming the show survives.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Danomyte

    It is my hope that the public does not reward Leno for his child-like behavior by watching his show. His humor was and is lame, stale, and irrelevant. Jay should retire and go play with his cars.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Joe Brey

    I love Leno. This thing has been a mess, but bottomline, Jay is funnier than Letterman, and although Conan was okay, he didn't get the ratings that Jay had. Looking forward to Jaywalking and the other skits.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Jorge

    This is all very simple to explain. Jay Leno is just NOT funny.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  28. alumette

    Who cares? Leno is history. He should have retired. He looks like an old guy who is digging his heels in the sand. What ever contract he got, he is dancing around it and pretending he has to honor it. Booo....and having the Olympic dudes on?? hello! history already.....and freak Palin ? what's with that? Is in sucking up to Fox?

    March 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  29. marcia

    I will watch Jay tonight and every other night he is on. I do not believe we should boycott either Mr. Leno or Mr. O'Brian. How NBC handled it was wrong, but to punish either one is wrong also.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  30. alumette

    Will not watch Leno. We have had enough of the Olympics and who wants to see Palin? gag...gag...

    March 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Ken

    The irony here is that NBC had a good thing going here, and in trying to *prevent* a loss they feared they would suffer, they actually caused it to come true.

    Six years ago, NBC ruled late night TV. They did it with a combination of Jay on THE TONIGHT SHOW and Conan on LATE NIGHT. It worked. Both shows and both hosts drew in the ratings, and NBC, its viewers, and its staff were happy.

    NBC suddenly developed an irrational fear, however, that Conan would leave them. To prevent this from happening, NBC offered Conan THE TONIGHT SHOW in the year 2009...essentially forcing Jay to retire from THE TONIGHT SHOW before his run had come to a natural conclusion and while he was still winning the ratings war for NBC.

    So what happens in 2009? Jay goes to 10:00 and his show bombs. Conan goes to THE TONIGHT SHOW and it bombs. NBC loses Conan (the very thing it feared losing when it set off this chain of events), Jay's reputation is damaged, and the other networks laugh.

    This sort of reminds me of how NBA teams such as the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks hurt themselves through silly trades two years ago when they overreacted in panic after the Lakers acquired Pau Gasol. It was acting in fear of what COULD happen that actually caused that very thing to happen.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Lorraine

    Long overdue...why he left to begin with never made sense to me and why they put Conan in that spot made even less sense. Glad to have Jay back!

    March 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Leann

    I am excited to have Jay back were he belongs, on the Tonight show. Never cared for Conan and never will.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Tom G

    Congrats Jay welcome back. Iwatched Jack Parr when I was a kid, watched Johnny Carson in midlife , and watched you after johnny, and now I will watch you since connan is gone.
    You are one of the Best jay.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  35. JoeD Odessa

    Late night TV is gone! Now is the time to read a book, talk on ham radio or here is one, talk to my wife that I really like to talk to.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  36. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Stopped watching Jay when his time changed that's when I found David Letterman to be more enjoyable and will stick with Dave.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  37. WayneR

    My wife and I love Leno. I can't wait to get back into the old routine.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Eric

    I don't personally care if it's Leno or O'Brien; neither got much of a chuckle out of me.

    However, all the bits about O'Brien being let go because he was a poor performer and didn't get the ratings is just idiocy. Two reasons. First, and least, Leno's ratings stunk at the beginning of his stint in '92 too. People who liked Carson and didn't like Leno's brand of humor wandered away. It took a while for them to come back. O'Brien never got that "while."

    Second, and more importantly: Moving Leno's show to 10:00 almost guaranteed O'Brien's failure. Those who really liked Leno could get him at 10, watch the news, and go to bed. Chances of them staying up to watch a second late night show were pretty slim. So the only ones who were likely to even give O'Brien a chance were those who didn't like Leno in the first place or those who were already big O'Brien fans. Think of what would have happened in '92 when Leno got the Tonight show if Carson had moved to 10:00. If Leno already had trouble, how much worse would that have made it?

    Again, I don't have a horse in this race since I'm not a big fan of either. But it's just silly to think this is about this being about O'Brien's failure to attract an audience.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  39. TF

    I think Jay has so much more class than that idiot Letterman.
    At least Jay didn't screw any and every staff member as Letterman did.
    Letterman is not funny at all and neither was Conan. Oh poor Conan, what a poor man!!!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  40. John

    Never watched chinface before, certainly won't watch him now. The only people that like Leno are old over-the-hill retards that still laugh at knock knock jokes.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  41. chacasig

    Leno didn't push for the change into primetime. It was the execs' idea and Leno told them at the time, "THAT WON'T WORK." Of course they didn't listen, brought Conan in, and moved Leno into primetime with a shoestring budget. Leno was right as we've seen the changes back to the way it was, and Conan bowed out of the circus. Leno is funny, as is Conan. Both in different ways...

    March 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Texan

    Jay STOLE all the bits he got any laughs at.
    He even STOLE John the Stutterer.
    This whole thing is not about Conan, it's about putting a very dishonest moron on TV. And he even books Palin??
    M O R O N !!
    But then again, Palins son Trig resembles Jay.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Stuart

    Funny all you Leno Bashers still whining over Conan. If Conan..Coco..Weenie...what ever you want to call him was that good NBC would have just sent Jay Leno packing. CONAN LOST THE #1 RATINGS HANDED TO HIM BY JAY LENO but you narrow minded babies will never understand that. If you want to place blame, place it on NBC. Any one of you would have done the same thing that Leno did if you were in his position and if you say you wouldn't you're lying. You may not like Lenos humor but face the facts, if Conan was as great as you're trying to make him out to be he'd still be on. WAAAAAAAA.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Meagan

    Never watched him, never will. But I did love Conan!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  45. lizzyq09

    I'm GLAD to see Leno back. I couldn't stand Conan- so, watched Letterman because there wasn't anything else. But, I will be back watching Jay!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Me

    Jay's the best ... glad he is back. Dave/Conan are to dang weird.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Mike

    Waiting for Conan this fall... Don't like Leno anymore - he should have stepped aside.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  48. The Protector

    "Leno" = Italian for "This Moron Sucks!".

    He couldn't hold Conan's Microphone on Conan's worst day!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Ace

    Great to see Jay back on at 11:30. NBC is the moron for trying to change the top rated show to start with. Conan was incompetent and childish.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  50. fortheloveofgod

    @ truth

    Sarah Palin? really?

    enjoy her nonsensical ramblings

    If you think she has a snowball's chance in hell of becoming president I bet you also thought John McCain was going to win back in 08.

    If America was ever stupid enough to elect Palin they would finally have the leader they deserve.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  51. JessieR

    Didn't tune in to Jay before all the drama. Definately not interested in his show now.
    By the looks of it – most people aren't either.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  52. tonyvee

    I watched him before at 11:30 and I will watch him again at 11:30. He is the unlike the other late night host because he doesn't come off cocky

    March 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  53. sharon

    My, my–so many haters! I think that what people find funny depends upon their geographic. Conan is funny to the younger folks, Leno is funy to the over 50 crowd, and Letterman is funny to people who like jaded sarcasm. There's room for all! Eat a grape and calm down.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  54. stevef2222

    show reruns of carson and everyone will watch again

    March 1, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  55. dc

    i wont ever watch him no matter what time he is on
    he should have stayed at the time he was and not go back and forth
    if he wanted this time slot he should have never left it

    March 1, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Dan

    Two women claim the same baby. The wise King says, "Cut the baby in half and give each woman half of the baby." The first woman says, "Yes, cut the baby in half." The second woman says, "No! I will not see the baby destroyed. Give the baby to the first woman." The wise King now knows the second woman is the real mother and awards the child to her. The NBC execs decide to cut the Tonight Show in half, but Conan says, "No! I will not see the show destroyed." So the NBC execs say, "OK Leno, I guess it's your show." Go figure.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Gezellig

    Why all the hostility towards Jay? Look, Conan wanted the Tonight Show, and threated to leave if he did not get it. To keep him, NBC offered him the show in 5 years. Five years went by, so he got the show. Leno got a 10 pm show, which failed and provided a poor lead in to the local nightly news. The affiliates threatened to pre-empt Leno, so NBC proposed this half hour show after the local news and before CoCo. CoCo said no and gave up his show.

    Had CoCo had great ratings he would still be there and NBC would have dropped Leno. Perhaps Leno staying on air (and not being that good at 10pm) prevented CoCo from having the time to find his audience. Still, this was started by CoCo wanting the Tonight Show. Both Leno and CoCo are good people, but CoCo wanted what Jay had.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Bill

    Too late for us!
    Enjoyed the earlier time frame before. Not worth staying up for.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Maven

    Leno was gone?

    March 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Beer Drinker

    Jay Leno is nothing more than an unfunny hack with an inverse skunk glued to his head.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Pipan

    I think Conan realizes by now that he made a huge mistake. He should've just said fine, I'll start my show a half hour later. That would've prevented all the unnecessary drama.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  62. TV

    The Tonight Show is a late night institution – I wonder who NBC has lined up to replace Leno in a month or two when his ratings hit bottom. Conan was and is so much more humorous than Leno. I will be watching Letterman tonight and always.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Dick Fairy

    Leno is worse than Carson Daly.

    Wait, who is Carson Daly?

    That's right, Leno is even worse than him.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Leonard

    Thanks, but no thanks.
    Why? . . .He's just not good.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Kelly

    I am not even close to 50 and cannot wait for Jay to return. He agreed to his departure from the Tonight Show way too far in advance. The ratings proved that Jay should be at the helm. I understand all who feel sorry for Conan, but it comes down to numbers. If Conan was bringing in the viewers that the Tonight Show was used to, he would not have been ousted.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  66. 24

    Can anyone explain what this means: "Winter Olympics star snowboarder Shaun White Olympian of all time Apolo Anton Ohno"

    Then can someone explain why Jay Leno sucks so bad?

    March 1, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Rupert

    Have they decided what black musician will be hired to replace Kevin Eubanks and be the butt for Leno's black/stoner jokes? Maybe he will continue with his current strategy and take The Roots away from Fallon.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  68. keith

    If you don't like Leno, then don't watch.
    Millions will be watching. All the crybabies that think Co-Co The Spinning Clowns poor ratings were Jay's fault can wait to see if he does any better if FOX hires him and his pal boring Andy.
    Good luck with that.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Pipan

    Wow, here go the haters again. Ha ha. They need to calm down or their blood pressure is going to go through the roof. Just a little reminder: The Tonight Show With Jay Leno was #1 for 17 years. Welcome back, Jay! :)

    March 1, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  70. will smith

    you old people. isn't it enough that you are crippling the social security system? Isn't it enough that I have to pay for your over priced and over unionized and over negotiated pension funds? Isn't it enough that I have to constantly look over my shoulder when walking along the street just in case you lose a marble and run over a crowd of people with your car? Or better yet, patiently enter a freeway at 25mph while you figure out how to merge into traffic? Why must you subject me to more torture in the form of a show you've deemed to be humorous when it is just soo obviously not? WHY??? I just want to go online and watch conan during my lunch break from paying for the meds that help you live unnecessarily long lives.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  71. diane c brown

    Leno looked weery and working on fumes before his five years were up to bring in Conan O'Brien. Leno looked the same way on his 5 month show too. O'Brien was a breath of fresh air compared to Leno and Letterman. NBC should let the non-genius go who developed this plan.

    Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Fallon are much better than both Leno and Letterman. Will not watch which is a shame for having been a routine follower for over 40 years.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Leno Sucks

    I can't wait to tune in to see what bits he has lifted from The Howard Stern Show.

    Leno sucks. Conan was great. Conan's twitter is funnier than that robot Jay Leno.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  73. KeaauRich

    Surely I can find something better to di than watch this lame excuse for entertainment! Maybe I'll give the cat a mani-pedi..

    March 1, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Seth Chandler

    He'll get better ratings than Conan because he won't have the crappy 10pm Leno show sending everyone to other stations.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Big T

    NBC made a terrible mistake to get rid of Conan. Leno is the worst Late Night host out there, including the Late Late Night Show hosts. Can't wait for Conan get another show, and for Leno to be canceled.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  76. A little knowledge goes a long way

    It is amazing how many people can voice their opinions without understanding all of the facts. Most are saying that Jay what Jay did to Conan was underhanded and wrong, however, they don't realize that just five years ago, Conan practically demanded that NBC give him The Tonight Show or he would leave the network (he was obviously trying to use Letterman as an example of this happening before). Jay eventually agreed to this once NBC said that they would allow Jay to host a primetime show. Yes that failed, but not by a ratings standpoint, but by the afiliates standpoint. Conan failed with his ratings. I honestly don't watch any of them on a regular basis, but have seen them. Conan is by far the worst comic I have ever heard. Jay has intelligent jokes that may not work for some, but as far as being geared for those over 50, hardly, you just have to be smart an not sophmoric. I am not close to 50 and could not stand Conan for over 2 minutes. NBC made the wrong choice 5 years ago, not this time around.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Diane Brown

    Leno looked weery and working on fumes before his five years were up to introduct Conan O'Brien. Leno looked the same way on his 5 month show.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  78. carrey

    I hope the ratings tank!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Bleh

    I rather go watch my pain dry

    March 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Nicole

    Team Coco! Jay is old school and his ratings will suffer because of this.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Juan Jimenez

    Ho-fricking-hum. I'm waiting for Conan.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  82. rommuss

    I like Leno, always have. Glad he is back and I wish him the best. He's funny, better than the old codger Letterman and his Tiger-Ways...

    March 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  83. C What'sNew

    I had been laughing with Jay for ten years, and stopped for 5 years having another child. Now I can afford the late routine again. Just hope he is as good as before after so much turmoil.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Marlon

    mrs kool you are an idiot..leno is old and lame like you..get a clue dear
    you should be in bed sleeping anyway at your old age around 10:30pm..Conan will be back

    March 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Nick

    The very fact that there are already 408 comments about this story (the vast majority of which are against Jay) should be a red flag/punch in the face to NBC.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  86. COCO

    Hey The L –> Y do you people insist NBC fired or got rid of COCO...He walked away with Dignity on his own...He quit for christ's sake! Some people who comment should really think before you speak...

    March 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  87. dave

    Conan would be out to destroy Leno if he (Conan) wasn't such a cool guy. What a slimy thing to do, and NBC is just as much to blame. I hope Letterman creams Leno in the ratings for a good long time (I likeCFerguson the most, I hope he succeeds DaveL).

    March 1, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  88. omar

    Can't wait till his ratings go so low NBC won't know what to do and will have to leave him on the air cause they don't want to look like the morons that they are and have to take him back off.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  89. COCO

    Leno is OLD & NOT FUNNY. That Sums it up. I'm W/ COCO!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  90. JeffD

    I am so sick of Leno and his wanna be like Johnny fame!!! He sucks, his humor sucks and his band is flat.

    Go Letterman, Kimmel and Conan wherever you are.

    NBC latenight SUCKS!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  91. mike

    Jay has two funny bits: headlines, and jaywalking. Other than that he's boooring. If for some reason I was bored enough to watch him I would just turn it off once those bits were over because I knew the rest would be crap.

    Those of you claiming the "king" is back, and that Conan's ratings were crap... Yes Conan's ratings were crap but you're forgetting a few key things. Jay's ratings were crap too which resulted in his show being canceled. Also, by being on before Conan he was stealing potential viewers. Most people don't want to watch 2 full late night shows. And lastly, Conan didn't have enough time to build his following on the Tonight Show. Jay's ratings sucked when he first started the show too and it took him time to develope a following and because of Jay's terrible ratings and his selfishness Conan didn't get that same opportunity.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Deege

    Now The Tonight Show can go back to being unfunny.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Ken Stevens

    Jay is yesterday. It's sad that NBC is so desperate but, hey, that's why they're sinking fast.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Leno is Awful

    It's not a matter of opinion. Leno is an unfunny hack.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Jay is a winner

    Jay has proven himself year in and year out. Conan was too bizarre for most people that’s why he failed.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  96. whee

    Ok, Leno HAD the ratings at 10/9c but his audience did not watch the local news afterwords. That was his issue, not ratings. Conan had 1/2 the ratings of Leno. NBC made the decision, Leno was a pawn in it, and did not have the influence to kick out Conan. Conan had 7 months to prove himself, far longer than most shows. Fail like Conan did and you would have been gone after your pilot in prime time. The suits at NBC are to blame for this fiasco. Kudos to Jimmy Fallon for keeping above the fray, perhaps he will be the future of the Tonight Show.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Mike in NJ

    Not gonna watch. I'm loyal to Conan. He got a raw deal. Jay should have retired for real when he agreed to do so. NBC got greedy and undermined Conan by moving Jay up in the timeslots.

    Imagine what would have happened to Jay if Johnny Carson had gotten a 10PM slot. Jay would never have had a chance to grow into the part.

    Conan is funny and edgy. Jay is not my speed. I predict Jay will not regain his audience.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Connie

    OMG I don't get it, I can't stand Conan I don't think he is at all funny! He just acts like an idiot up there .... Maybe I'm getting old but I don't get Conan...

    March 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  99. James Rose

    There isn't a chance in h#!! that I or anyone in my family will ever watch his show. The sort of back-stabbing that he pulled with Conan (who, for the record; I don't watch) is so childish and money-grubbing that I will not watch the show, ever.

    NBC, this was a bad move.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  100. The L

    You can't really argue who's funnier. It's all a matter of opinion in the end. What we can argue is who is better at their job as interviewer and entertainer and while jay-walking is a good concept (and the concept is 100% STOLEN from other more talented people) Conan has the most original material...so much so, that NBC kept it after figuring out the best way to get rid of Conan. Jay's interview questions are staged to generate a punchline. Conan's questions are real (or if they aren't he's a FAR better actor than jay). Jay's show will tank at the latest in September once Conan begins his new show on Fox. Jay is a hack, nice guy in real life or not. Conan has written for most of your favorite shows people!!! Jay has done stand up and stolen other people's material...'nuff said...

    March 1, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Mikey

    Leno is a criminal and should be exiled from television forever. Conan is the true king of late night. Not this poor excuse for a human being.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Jenny V.

    At last! I enjoy watching him over all the other guys. Taking him off in the first place was a mistake to begin with. Glad NBC realized that soon.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  103. kaybay

    I definitely echo many of the other comments on here. leno is stale. At least I will get an hour more sleep every night...

    March 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Mike

    I used to watch Jay before and now that he's back I will watch him again. I've always enjoyed his show better than Letterman's. I have nothing against Letterman, but just prefer Leno's brand of humor. I wish him the best.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  105. James

    Yeah wont watch the show now. You don't take another mans job just because your not good at the one you got. So David here I come I would like to see what Letterman has to offer.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  106. mrskool

    All this Jay Leno bashing makes me HATE Conan !

    He should set his idiot fans straight ...

    March 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  107. JS

    I'm surprised NBC didn't abruptly switch the OT of the hockey game to a special episode of "The Biggest Loser" – like they did the closing ceremonies with Seinfeld's new abomination. Instead, "The Biggest LOSER" returns tonight at 11:35pm. May BIG JAW die a rapid death and Fox hire Conan for a September premiere that kills him off for good. The Government should implement 'Broadcast Reform' and cut NBC's signal from the airwaves.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Lynn

    Leno had the ratings for years. NBC screwed up moving him. Conan's humor is juvenile, sophomoric, and Letterman's humor is just mean spirited. I'm hoping Leno succeeds back where he belongs

    March 1, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  109. kdg

    I was interested until I found out one of his first guests was Sarah Palin. What a downer.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Rhubarb

    I have never been so actively against something as I am about Jay Leno and his "Tonight Show". What a disgrace he and his NBC disfunctional relationship continues to be.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Carol

    I am looking forward to seeing Jay back!!!! I never cared for Conon. He looks like a possum sucking eggs, and his humor was not far behind. Jay is a corner stone to late night TV.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  112. allen

    conan is a digusting and can't stand seeing his face on tv. Jay is 10 times better.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Gin

    His first guest should be Hugh Grant and Hugh should say, "What the hell were you thinking?"

    March 1, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Richard Golfman

    My GOD man give Leno a chance–he is a decent human being and a fabulous talent. We all liked Conan-so what. NBC is the one making the decisions for their employee's and so are the ratings.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Not So Leno

    Jay is a fraud! He steals all his bits from other personalities in the industry. He failed at his prime time show and now comes of as a jerk taking back his old show what a joke!

    Time for something new I think NBC would be better off showing Re Runs of Johnny Carson instead of this train wreck!!!!!

    Go home Jay and suck your thumb!!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Mike C

    Usher, what is wrong with Ohno and White? Or do you mean they are simply not enouph to get you to tune back in?

    March 1, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Ryan

    Sorry Jay, but thats Conans time slot... Wont be watching... You can thank NBC for that....

    March 1, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  118. prankster

    Jay is The Man-period! The way I see it the execs at NBC screwed up royally when they initially made the change in programming. I'm really glad he's back!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Rayshawn Ordway

    To tell you the truth I like Conan O'Brien than Jay Leno I would like to say is that welcome back Jay but I really do hope that Conan will come back with his own show at 10:00pm(EDT) on the same time slot as Jay Leno we'll see who is really the most popular at late night I'm going to guess that Conan will have the most high viewing rates than Jay, the reason I love to watch Conan O'Brien is because he's really funny his unique comb-over hair style that looks like the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, his "string dance", when he laughs he stops laughing by snaping his fingers to change his facial expression to pale, his catch phrases like: "Buddy Boy", impersonating the Governor of California then eating a sausage, Larry King by making hand glasses then stretching the suspenders and saying: "This is the International Symbol of Larry King, Donald Trump by moving some his hair in front of his fore head making the "fish face" and saying: "Your Fired!!" and etc I and the rest of many fans of Conan O'Brien really miss him on late night TV.

    P.S. Hey Kim people who watch Conan O'Brien are not "stupid little boys" they are 18 to 35 year old demo graphic audience like me, Leno is not a "Class Act" the only thing that is a "Class Act" is his cars, his hair and his giant chin, David Letterman is not a "CREEP" he just did the Giggity with he female co-workers that's it plain and simple.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  120. justin

    i can't believe with everything that is going on in the world today, this is so many people's concern. conan's ratings were very bad and so were leno's on his show nbc made the decision not leno get over it

    March 1, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  121. susej

    Why are so many compelled to make comments never to be read or to amount to a hill of beans? Doh! Now I've done it too! Lamer nation.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  122. karyn

    I for one is glad hes coming back.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  123. DET

    As someone who has to get up early, I appreciated watching Jay at 10:00. If I watch at all, it will only be the monolog. The new NBC line up at 10:00 is stale or puerile.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Marcus

    i hate Leno. I'd rather see Osama host the show.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Mike C

    Jay is a brilliant stand-up comedian, without question. But he is not a particularly interesting interviewer. I don't believe Jay will fail, but frankely I don't really think he will ever regain what he once had. He probably should have honored the origianal agreement announced 5+ years ago and simply moved on.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Usher

    Won't watch because of Ohno and White.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  127. DFC71

    Looks like all of these comments are running about 75% against Jay and the Tonight Show, about 25% in favor of "The Chin".

    Long and short of it is this: Conan walked away with more money in his pocket than most of us will see in a lifetime. He's gonna be ok, probably not going to be living on Ramen any time soon.

    Jay had top ratings when he was on The Tonight Show, that's why NBC brought him back. It's all about the dollar, that's it. Nothing about loyalty, jokes, etc. The advertising dollar is king. That's it.

    That being said, I personally don't find Jay funny, I'd rather watch Letterman, but it's a personal choice of humor.

    Most of the people on here can cry and moan all they want about "fairness", and how NBC will crash and burn (which is ridiculous to even say), but the network has made their bed, all we can do is sit back and see what happens.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Will

    The Tonight Show has been boycotted from my home. You can say I'm boycotting Jay. Or you can say I'm boycotting the idiotic decisions made by NBC. Or you can say that I'm boycotting NBC. Either way, no TV in my house will be watching Jay again.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  129. openupmyhead

    BTW, Leno was never fired and NBC was never dumb enough (yes, I know he does make money, but he still sucks so bad) to "get rid" of him. He decided years ago he would retire when he reached a certain point. He did that, Conan got what was promised to him and NBC proceeded to sabotage his every effort in order to get Jay back where they wanted him all along. Conan did nothing but roll with the punches, Jay wanted to go back to TTS, you don't think he instigated this whole fiasco? If Jay were such a "great" nice average guy, why would he worm his way back into TTS and just watch Conan get the biggest screw over in late night history? Jay is some comedy club creep from LA, Conan is a Harvard educated [National] Lampoon. Conan wins, every time.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Pattie

    Glad Jay is back! never liked Conan or Letterman. And this is not Leno's fault – NBC should have never booted him from the Tonight Show for Conan anyway. Only bad thing I can say is that now I won't be getting to bed as early as when Conan and Letterman were the only options!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Deb Buck

    I for one am soooooo glad Jay is back!!!!!!!!!! Conan was not funny in any way shape or form.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  132. what a loser

    I will never watch another episode of Jay Leno. He quit, then decided he wanted to come back so they gave him 10pm. Then he doesn't have the ratings so they give him back the spot that he didn't want anymore. Come on now. He's not funny, It's Jay that screwed up. I don't care who he has on his show. I'll catch the clips on Youtube or something but I will not turn my tv to channel 4 and give that big chin jerk one rating from me.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Eric

    Coco needs to go find a pot of gold and quit whining. Honestly if anybody was watching him NBC what have kept him around. Frikin leprechaun.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Steve

    Never really liked Conan much. He seems like a good guy, but too much stupid humor for me.

    I'm not sure why Jay gets so much blame for this fiasco. NBC is the one calling the shots. NBC is the one that forced Leno out of the Tonight Show to keep Conan from going to another network. They are the ones when canceling Leno's prime time gig wouldn't let Leno out of his contract. They are the ones that asked Conan to move. NBC created this mess. Leno and Conan were both just collateral damage. Personally it's hard for me to feel sorry for either one of them. Leno has the job they both wanted and Conan got a crapload of cash, a vacation, public sympathy, and motivation to crush NBC when he signs with Fox.

    I still prefer Letterman and Craig Fergusen.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  135. headwriter

    Listen, all those people saying "Why didn't Leni's fans watch him at 10?" Very simply because they preferred CSI or whatever; they will STILL tune in at 11:30 because that's what they had been doing FOREVER. Those Leno fans sampled Conan - his first week had great ratings– and decided they did not like him. (Remember, NBC execs are on record asking Conan to broaden his appeal - that is, beyond Team Coco, and he refused.)

    All the bashing and hate won't change anything. Leno will always have more viewers than Dave and Jimmy and yes, Conan. That's just the way it is. Some people don't like him.....but many more do.

    Get over it.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Jerry

    I think Jay Leno and his entire group are great. When Johnny Carson handed the stage over to Jay,..I believe that those were some pretty big shoes to fill, and Jay seemed to have done a pretty good job. If , in the future Jay thinks about retiring, N B C should cancel the tonight show all together, rather than trying to put someone else in that elite group of comediens. A group that conan really doesn't fit. Create a diiferent show if that happens. The tonight show with Jay is quite entertaining.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  137. John

    I have watched all three Jay, Coco and Letterman. Jay is the best! Coco's humor was silly and idiotic at times. Maybe kids/tweens would like him. Coco also seemed to read his lines in monologue, sometimes straining. Jay is fluent and more polished – although he also reads. His writers generally do a good job. Of course some of his jokes bomb too! Letterman laughs at his own jokes rather stupidly and his humor is also not very funny.

    Welcome back Jay to your show!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Cali

    I never intended to watch the 'new' Tonight Show, but NBC's total screw-up of everything Olympics makes it easy to continue to ignore their network.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Conan Obrien

    Will not watch Leno again. Bring Conan Back!!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Jayhater

    Jay, you suck. I would rather see re-runs of Conan than watch your lousy show. You should have been a man and let it go – you left on your own accord. Be a man you pussy.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  141. openupmyhead

    Hey Diller, that just goes to show all of us that Leno is dated and for old people. You thought dead wrong, Leno is not funny to ANYONE in their twenties!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  142. BC659

    @Sierra Sal - Thank you! You're absolutely right. Jay and Conan were played for fools by the stupid NBC execs.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Chris

    Why do people keep blaming Leno fro this whole mess?! NBC messed up – they didn't give him a choice when it came to "retiring" from The Tonight Show. Conan threatened to walk 6 years ago if they didn't promise it to him! When it came to "time" NBC didn't want to let Leno go to another network, so they came up with the 10:00 show...he didn't wantt o do it, but he was under contract, so he gave it a shot – he knew it wouldn't work. So when NBC was backed against a wall by the affiliates, NBC (again) came up with moving him to a half h our show in front of Conan & The Tonight Show. Conan didn't like it (rightly so) and opted out. No one forced him to quit. And if he was so damned funny, why weren't his ratings higher?

    March 1, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  144. lf

    Yeah, back where he belongs! Should have never been pushed out by coco bean. Looking forward to Leno at 11:35, yes!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Overby

    I, of course don't know if it's true, but I read that when Rahm Emmanuel got into trouble a couple weeks back about using the phrase 'f-ing retards' he wasn't referring to folks with Down Syndrome, he was actually talking about people that think Conan has an ounce of talent.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Melly Mel

    So much hatred/ Jay was #1 before the goofballs at NBC screwed everything up. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The Bozo that made the decision to get rid of Jay is the one who should be fired.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Scott

    I'm over fifty and I still think his delivery is downright painful to watch.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Anthony

    Jay is a scumbag who first screwed Letterman, and now Conan.

    I wouldn't watch his show if you paid me.

    JAY LENO IS SCUM!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  149. J.Witmer

    I will not watch Jay! I will wait until Conan is back on!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Debbie

    Why such hatred for Jay? He did not force Conan out. Conan was the one did not want the Tonight show moved a half hour later. NBC programming executives are the screw-ups.

    Yes, I am over 50 & I will watch Jay. I don't care for Letterman's humor & didn't particularly care for Conan. Conan is good but is an acquired taste.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Ed

    I never watched him and will now make it a point to turn the channel if he's on. What a jerk move by NBC and I hope they didn't kill the Tonight Show....

    March 1, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Sierra Sal

    Jay will do fine if not better than before. Bottom line – If all these nay-sayers won't and/or never did watch The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, remember Jay was still #1 for that time slot when he was removed from the show so the nay-sayers won't even be a factor. It's NBC that screwed up big time not Jay.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  153. ChinSucks

    I will not watch a single episode of the Tonight Show agian as long as Jay is still there. I can do with late night talk until Co Co comes back on Fox and RULES ALL!!!!!

    Long Live Conan & Andy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  154. F. J. Diller

    Jason,
    Leno's humor is NOT for people over 50, I can assure you... BTW, I thought he was supposed to be funny for the 20 year olds.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  155. MINI_Lulu

    People who didn't like Conan, just don't get humor geared toward people under 50. Leno's brand of standup went out in the 80s. It's so, so, so tired.

    If you lead into Conan with a older audience, you're not setting Conan up with the demo he's most successful with . . . it was NBC's fault. People didn't really like Leno, so they weren't watching him in prime time . . . and then, those who were, were not a natural fit with the new Tonight Show. Conan was doomed to failure.

    I'm not too emotionally invested . . . just miss Conan. I hadn't watched him in years, and thought TTS was hilarious. I watched or DVR'd it every night.

    Thank god we still have Letterman. Too bad NBC didn't give him the job when they had the chance . . . we all know that's what the late great Johnny Carson wanted.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  156. c.k.

    Can't wait for Jay . Love him. Never like Conan, he is NOT FUNNY at all. That's why he was canceled because nobody watched him.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Craig

    Conan may be a nice guy, but he's not funny. His commentary and bizzare behavior (on most occasions) leave much to be desired. Letterman is a little better, but he's too much of a pompous, arrogant a**. His program is stale and boring. Leno, on the other hand, is geniune and truly funny. Welcome back, Jay! I'm looking forward to watching tonight's show.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Samantha

    its hilarious reading how Leno's ratings will sink and so forth. Um, the ratings SANK with CONAN as the HOST. The tonight show was #1 until Jay Leno left. Bottom line is CONAN made the show pitiful, they tried to force Leno out. I suspect the tonight show will be back at #1 with Leno as host although its possible these type of shows have just run their course and time for all them to be canceled. I dunno, I have a job and have to go to sleep before the late night shows are on so maybe the demographics they get are unemployed computer geeks that sit around all day posting hate messages to every board they can find. *shrugs*

    March 1, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  159. LLIB SETAG

    BOYCOTT LENO! Give THIS show a low rating too! Watch Dave or Jimmy instead! Leno = Loser!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  160. joanne

    Finally...Conan was not funny, he just acted "silly". Jay should have never been fired. I never could understand why NBC thought they had 2 get rid of him. Anyway...Welcome back Jay!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Mary

    For those of you that aren't aware, Jay asked to be let out of his NBC contract when they fired him from The Tonight Show and NBC refused to do that because they wanted to keep him and didn't want him going to another network. He obvously is thought of as valuable. Based on the $$ figuries that have been released over the years, Jay has never had to use his NBC $$. He lives off his earnings from doing standup when he isn't doing The Tonight Show. So it's not like Jay was trying to get more money out of NBC. Conan is the one that pushed Jay out by signing up to do the show a few years ago when Jay was #1 and was #1 until the day he did his last Tonight Show. It's up to Jay to rebuild what audience Conan lost. Why are Jay's detractors not accepting that Jay was #1 BEFORE Conan took over?

    March 1, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  162. openupmyhead

    Co Co J Jo, I think you're just projecting your own beliefs onto everyone else. All you have to do is read a sample of the comments here on this page. No one likes Leno any more (how many did in the first place?!), Conan is FAR FAR FAR wittier, creative and articulate than Leno. And quit calling him CoCo like he's your lover or something! You can refer to someone with a pet name when you're putting them down. You say Leno is funny cause he's more topical, well that's his only trick. He just looks at current events and tries to come up with clever commentary that usually falls flat on its face. JAY LENO IS THE LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR! Those who truly enjoy him are most often boorish, uneducated and uninspired.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  163. enrique

    Who cares about jay .. his jokes are the same all the time . Conan and Letterman are much better.. I won't watch his show

    March 1, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  164. scotnphoenix

    Gave up late night TV when Jack Paar retired. Jay who? Conan who?

    March 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  165. My O My

    For everyone who keeps saying, "Why didn't you watch Conan when he was on?".

    Why didn't all these Jay supporters watch the Jay Leno Show in primetime? That was the show that got tanked! Conan's Tonight Show was getting better ratings than Jay at the time, but alot of people wouldn't return to NBC after turning Jay off. That is why the affiliates had a fit in the first place.

    If Leno is able to rebound from this (doubtful), it will not be the same. He will never be #1 again. When Conan gets another show, he is going to make a ton of money for that network and NBC will be left eating crow.

    BTW... Someone please confirm that Conan will be on Letterman tonight. The irony of that is too good to miss even if I'm not a fan of Letterman. (Dave did a guest appearance on the Late Show after he left.... best line ever... Dave asking Conan, "How'd you get this job anyway?")

    March 1, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Tim

    Leno should have retired and stayed with his cars and bikes. Conan would have come along fine and give David a run for his money.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  167. John

    Have something more enjoyable to do tonight....

    My eyeballs are getting the Habanero treatment.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  168. jdv

    Welcome back Jay! Now I have a reason to stay up again.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  169. arosee

    I love watching JAY

    March 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Joel

    I love how many haters on this comment board don't understand how network decisions are made lol. So much bashing sheesh

    March 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  171. Bub

    Great to have the Tonight Show Back. Let Dave make silly faces and off color jokes about having sex with his employees and call it humor. It appeals to the less thoughtful and they should have a show too.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  172. cathy

    I'm looking forward to Leno's return to his apppropriate time slot. His ratings were higher than Letterman's (NEVER funny) when NBC made their stupid time shift in order to save money. I knew it wouldn't work because Conan is NOT funny and nobody wanted to watch Leno from 10-11 PM. You need a few yucks after watching the 11 PM news, so 11:35 PM is just perfect.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Rlg

    I am glad Jay Leno is back I watched him before and will again. Everyone has their own opinion re Jay Leno and I for one always enjoyed his show and hope he will be on for many years. Welcome back, Jay!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Cindy

    I have never liked Conan!!! He looks like he should be in a SNL
    skit of the Coneheads.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Sunni

    I Am Looking So Forward To Seeing Jay Back Where He Never Should Have Left the Prime Time 11:30 Slot. Now Life Seems BAck to Normal for Me. Co Co nice guy but he was funny at 12:30am....NBC should have left a good thing alone.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Andi

    I'm behind you Jay. I won't be watching your show because I quit tv but I'm behind you. :)

    March 1, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  177. CNNmark1

    I'll be watching CNN, like I always do when Leno and Letterman are both on!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Jerry

    Beverly, if you want "some INTELLIGENT late night humor", you´re watching the wrong show. Try Jon Stewart´s and you´ll see.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Ryan Olesen

    Daily show is much better, smarter, and funnier than any of the late night shows. I think it's proved that by winning the emmy eight years in a row.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Joe Vermont

    He should have never gone back to NBC. I think is very wrong what he did to Conan. Very similar to what he did to Dave back when he first got The Tonight Show.

    I never watched him before and I am planning on never watching The Tonight Show. I don't care if he manages to bring Elvis back. Not going to watch him.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  181. kjhan

    Mim- a reply to you.. CARSON chose LETTERMAN.. NBC chose THE CHIN.. carson even wrote and gave letterman jokes.. the mere fact Leno would have Palin on as a guest is exactly why i'm over Leno as a human. godspeed leno.. you and NBC have gone the way of GM.. sticking like glue to an audience of 50+ and praying like crazy they live forever. and like GM.. its new york times to die!!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Jake

    Conan did not get canceled because of his ratings. it was Jays ratings that caused this entire thing. His prime time show failed horribly. NBC then knew they could not keep both. Conans buyout was $40 million while a buyout of Leno's contract is in the ballpark of $80 million to $150 million. It's cheaper to keep Jay, so they gave Conan an option they knew he wouldn't take, to breach his contract.
    Conan didn't fail at 11:35, he actually did better in his first year as host than Jay did in his first year. NBC just chose the cheaper way out of a situation where they had too much talent.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  183. sVybDy

    Hoagie: You're almost right.

    The one thing you missed is that Jay Leno wasn't going along with what the network wanted.

    Jay Leno only goes along with what the network wants as long as it means he gets to have a show.

    When the network asked him to retire, he agreed, with plans to turn around and go to a competing network in 2009. (He admitted to this on Oprah.) He lied to them.

    That's why NBC gave him The Jay Leno Show in 2009, to prevent him from jumping to another network, not because anyone thought it was a great idea.

    Jay Leno is a schemer and a cheater who will say anything and screw anyone to get what he wants. It's how he got The Tonight Show the first time and how he got it the second time.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  184. JACK WAGONER

    Glad Leno is back. Never did care for Conan much. His humor is directed toward the young and crazy generation and Leno's is focus more on the 50+ crowd. Jay has a little more common sense and acts like a normal guy. Conan is always trying to act like a junior high school kid or college brat. I have to say I did not care for Jay Leno's new show. The original Tonight Show was much better. As for Letterman I think he needs to retire. I really do not think he is all there sometimes and I really do not like his band director.......is he gay or just very very weird!!!! I would not want to get within 25 feet of that guy.
    What has happened to being entertained? Johnny Carson was always very funny. Nobody will ever replace Johnny.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Dennis

    He has even sunk to a new low by having Palin on. I will not watch he has no moral compass.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Lydia

    Hated Conan, love Leno. So happy he is back. Can finally watch late night again....and I'm not over 50.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Jub

    I will watch the Weather Channel Instead of Jay Leno in that Time Slot, The Weather Channel is more entertaining.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Chris

    No thanks. Would rather watch Conan.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Toni

    Welcome back, Jay! I gave Conan 15 minutes the first night - that was it! On the positive side, I have been getting to bed a lot earlier! But Jay's the Late-Night Man!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  190. John Cullen

    Fact is no one will ever replace Carson. Leno has a good show and does a damn good job as an entertainer. Conan is geared for very young minds, maybe High School age. Letterman on the other hand should crawl in a cave and stay put.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Marilyn Kennedy

    I loved Johhny Carson and my family and I love Jay Leno! We watched him at 9, but will record his late night and watch it one day later, as we did before!
    Marilyn from Texas

    March 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  192. K.Blair

    I'm cuckoo for CoCo.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Keith

    Humor is a matter of taste, like art or music. I could never even crack a smile with Letterman or Conan. I could never understand why anyone would think they are funny.
    Leno, on the other hand, is a true comedian. Not a writer turned comedian.

    He beat Letterman before and I'm sure he'll beat him again. At least come far closer than the juvenile humor of Conan.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  194. midnightstalker

    It's Monday night, time for Headlines! As soon as the headlines are finished, I go to bed early for the rest of the week.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Jub

    Will not watch Late Night talk shows until Conan comes back somewhere.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  196. HUGE Lenno Fan

    you guys are nuts and i guess too young to understand. yea, conan was funny, very funny. but so is lenno. helluva lot bettr than lettrman. his writers are a lot better than dave's. it was sad the way nbc treated conan but it was nbc, not jay. he got forced out that's all. give ol' swing chin a chance. plus conan's going to be back in full force in sept via fox. so for now, eat it dave...here comes JAY!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  197. VL

    i like conan so much better than jay. much more intelligent, spontaneous, and funner. however i have to admit, whoever picks the line-ups or maybe it's just timing, gives jay some really awesome and interesting guests who i actually want to see.

    i barely even remember who was on the first week conan was hosting.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  198. ChiTownPhilly

    Leno is lame, BRING BACK CONAN!!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  199. BS

    at least Jay is "clean" and genuine. lettermen on the other "hand" big hypocrite!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Blake

    ITT: QQ

    March 1, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Lance

    @ Kim – Letterman a creep? Leno is always insinuating sexual inuendos with his female guests no matter what the age. I;ve always found him to be quite the perv.

    I did watch Leno here and there when he had someone on that I liked, but Letterman has and always will be my first choice. I'll be sure to stick with Letterman each night I decide to flip on the tv for late night just to contribute in showing nbc that they handled the tonight show situation very poorly. (I will continue to watch the Thursday lineup on nbc though!)

    No matter what Conan does comes Sept., I'll definitely watch it. He's the funniest host I've ever watched.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Linda

    Jay I consider you a jerk. I USED to watch you in the past but not EVER again. Go Team CoCo!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Pam

    I can't believe the mentality of some people.
    Did Jay do anything that any other celebrity wouldn't do?
    No way- think a little before you make judgments!
    Jay is the best!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Jay Fan

    I am glad Jay is back...Conan had the dumbest acts and he was not very funny.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Administrator

    I always liked Jay but now I have a new reason to admire him: he knocked Conan off the air. Although Leno didn't intend this, I believe it's his single greatest accomplishment. The humor in Conan is so freakin' meh it's not even funny. Literally.

    But don't worry Conan fans. If Jay's ratings drop he'll be gone. I just predict they'll remain as high as they always were.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  206. Steve S

    I hope howard stern goes on gma the next day and bashes him

    March 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Sandy

    P.S. Love Jay's humor too. The game show spoofs are hilarious - Jeopardy, etc. and the man in the street interviews are funny too.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  208. headwriter

    The "Conan needed time to build an audience" argument is faulty.

    When Jay took over and again when Conan took over NBC spent a small fortune doing market research - my source says it was more often than monthly. Very comprehensive research it was, too. Apparently, and I am assuming because I haven't see it and neither has my NBC source, but apparently Conan's growth was actually a deficit - he was losing ground and in addition to that his Q ratings and other measures were drifting down as well. Apparently the honeymoon was over quickly, and in contrast, Jay's initlal research was trending up from his second month.

    So there was no recovery coming. Conan's Tonight Show mirrored the national economy - down down down with very dim long-time prospects.

    I'll place money on Jay recouping all his ratings and zooming past Letterman and Kimmel, just like old times. (NOT opinion: another research projection).

    March 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Joe in Georgia

    I refuse to watch this guy!. On a scale from 1 to 10 where 10 is Robin Williams humor, Leno is a 2 where Conan is a 9. STUPID NBC.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Sandy

    So happy Jay is back. He's a nice guy and it comes across onscreen. Letterman is about as arrogant as they come and not at all funny. He is the only one who thinks he's funny. Conan is a bit cocky for being the "new kid" on the block and also for demanding so much from NBC. Personally, I never found him that funny. He appeals to real young viewers and should be on a cable station. That way everyone is happy.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  211. BC659

    M.R. in L.A. must be about 15. She sounds very childish anyway. Or maybe it's a he. Jay is NOT a villain. Neither is Conan or Letterman. All this misplaced anger heaped on Leno is ludicrous. The two Jerks - I mean, the two Jeffs who are the President and CEO of NBC made Stoopid Decision #1: to give Conan the Tonight spot. Duh! They never heard the old phrase "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." The Leno at 10 idea was Stoopid Decision #2. It was doomed to fail (and I am on record when I said that). We want our "Law & Order" type of shows at 10, not chatfests. Stoopid Decision #3: Offering Conan what amounted to the Tomorrow Show. Conan was right to say no because they were ruining a long-running franchise (a tradition that began with Steve Allen). Now, Leno will be back where he belongs. His ratings tonight will be HUGE! The trick is to keep it that way.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  212. sVybDy

    jl fan:

    You're wrong. Conan never forced Jay out of The Tonight Show. NBC did. Conan expressed a desire to host a show at 11:35, and yes, he wanted The Tonight Show. And NBC was willing to give it to him to prevent him from creating a competing show on another network.

    Leno, as always, kowtowed to the company line, agreeing to retire, even though he never had any intention of doing so. It was Leno's plan to screw NBC all along and jump to another network. When NBC figured out Leno was playing them for fools, they had no choice but to offer him another show (they couldn't keep him at TTS because of their contract with Conan.)

    Leno lied to NBC, he lied to Conan, he lied to everybody. Conan played the rules and was patient for his time to come, and Leno, like always, cheated to get more than he deserves.

    Desperate Networks by Bill Carter has the real story. Are you willing to educate yourself, or you prefer to keep believing the delusions Uncle Jay wants you to believe?

    March 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  213. VentanaSteve

    Looking forward to having the natural order restored to Tonight. I'll be watching.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  214. lauren

    BOOOO!!!

    Retire, old man. You are NOT funny.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  215. MidWest Baby Boomer

    I love the comments here. Any one who watches any of these jokers from Letterman (alias Tiger Woods of late night TV) to Leno to Conan (whose sense of humor is most funny to him and him alone) must not have much to do in life. This entire concept of late night TV is as outdated as the people doing the show. At least shows like Dateline and others like it in the past had some substance and made them from time to time worthwhile to watch. Otherwise any one spending their time watching these shows are either more like the characters in "Office" or "Sienfiled" depending on the section of the country you are from.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Susan

    Ok Jason but there are lots and lots of us over 50-we need humour even more than you do!!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Joe

    Hahaha! Yeah. Not tuning in. Ever.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  218. JK

    I have banned Jay Leno for ever...i never liked him in the past and this just set me off...Conan is more funny and smarter. an ass chin can't get you fame everytime.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  219. me

    LOL people really need to get a life.i'm only on this because im in class and have to read this. who the hell waste time watching late night talk shows anymore?

    March 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Texan

    FA FA FLO HY would be better than Leno.
    Put Ba Ba Booie in prime time.

    Support Howard.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  221. sVybDy

    Sean, Kirkland:

    Conan was in first place when he debuted and for three solid months. He dropped after Leno debuted because he lost his lead-in, and because people were interested in the Letterman scandal.

    Leno didn't get the job done for his first three years hosting The Tonight Show. He should have been fired for not getting the job done, but he wasn't.

    Conan also did not lose his job. NBC didn't want him to leave. Conan chose to leave.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Mark

    All you people don't know what good comedy is. Connan is such a goof ball with his howdy doody face and his bizare behavior, I don't know how anyone can stand him. Never could, never will. Letterman on the other hand is not quite as lame and at least he is a bit more origional with his jokes and his top ten but he is a bit goofy too. Too much showmanship At least Leno is down to earth and tell things the way they are. He has great wirters and he is imaginative and origional. Get on the Leno train.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  223. cjvee

    I liked Jay before this whole fiasco started, and i think he is a genuinely good guy. I'm glad he's back where he had been before NBC screwed things all up. I guess I'm over the hill or something because Conan just isn't funny at all to me. I think he's a dork. Leno is cheesy but at least he cracks me up. I used to like Dave but he's kind of turned into a dirty old man and he's not funny anymore to me.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  224. jl blows

    jay leno is a walking tampon

    March 1, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Peggy

    Conan's humor is idiotic. He's not funny at all and he's got the most annoying voice of anyone on the boob tube. That said, Jay's humor could be better too, as could Dave's. Much of it is sophomoric and uninteresting.

    Oh well, I don't feel sorry for Conan. It's a ratings game and he's come out of it an extremely wealthy man.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  226. DavidDancer

    Ugh! I'd rather watch my childhood home burn to the ground. :(

    March 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  227. sVybDy

    team CoCo: You're funny, using that name and posting what you did. Conan wasn't fired. They changed his time slot and Conan quit. Big difference.

    And also, Conan's ratings weren't the problem and they never were. In fact, Conan beat Letterman for about the first three and a half months, until Leno came back on the air, killing Conan's lead-in. At virtually the same time, Letterman's sex scandal became public knowledge, and controversy draws ratings. It's the same reason why Conan's final shows drew great ratings, and why tonight's and probably the first whole week of Leno's return will do better than normal ratings. People want to see what everyone is talking about.

    I have to admit, I'm actually curious to watch tonight's show with Leno, but I won't because I have morals.

    Speaking of morals, let's address the fact that Conan's ratings were indeed lower than Leno's were when he hosted TTS. I can't and won't deny that. But you know what? History shows that anytime there's a transition in Tonight Show hosts and the show's format gets revamped, it loses viewers. The same thing happened to Jay Leno. The only difference was at the time, his competition, Johnny Carson and David Letterman both had the class to walk away and give Leno some breathing room. NBC offered the show to Letterman because Leno's ratings sucked in his first three years, and if Letterman had taken it from him... well, if I said the name "Jay Leno" now, you'd be going, "who?"

    Conan needed time to build an audience, and he needed the network's support and he never got it. That's why he walked away. He saw the writing on the wall and decided there was nowhere else to go.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Sean, Kirkland

    You guys are hilarious. Jay Leno gets the ratings, Conan didn't. Conan had 3 months to get the ratings, without a Leno leadin, and 4 months with. He did not get the job done. He was in third place.

    CONAN DID NOT GET THE JOB DONE!

    that's all there really is to it. And like most people, if you don't get the job done, you lose your job.

    Now one area you can be somewhat upset about, is he didn't have 2 years to get an audience, but that has nothing to do with Jay.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  229. jl fan

    don't forget it was conan that forced leno out of TTS, seven yrs ago.
    conan got what was coming to him and i am glad to see jay back.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  230. Mim

    WELCOME BACK JAY!

    If you liked Johnny Carson, keep in mind that it was Carson who chose Jay to replace him on The Tonight Show - not Conan\\

    Jay Leno will "mop the floor" with Conan - I can hardly wait!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Thomas

    WILL NOT WATCH LENO EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'M WITH COCO!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  232. bill

    jay leno is a cry baby and i don,t like him.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Tim Greer

    Please understand, in response to my previous comment; Leno might have been under contract, but he could have just refused to interfere with the Tonight Show time slot of 60 years and said he'd do something else. NBC couldn't force him to have a show. This is the problem everyone has, this is why he is to blame (even if NBC is also to blame). You had a bad lead in, and you just get started and people blame the ratings, when Leno had poor ratings when he took over for Carson? Leno has a chance to get the hosting gig back and suddenly Leno forgets his own promises and now 200+ people are out of work. You think $40M goes far with 200 people?

    Conan's staff bought homes for what should have been a definite long-term job, and would have been, had Conan stayed the host and helped ruin the franchise. Deduct the $20M people paid in home prices, and even if that money were to be split evenly among the 200 staff members, which it would never be, that's about $100K each. Is that a good deal to give up a 10 year+ job in this economy? Figure they are getting much less than that, which is why Conan is paying them out of the money he got to do what he can to make up for it. I think that says a lot about both people, though I'm sure they'll both remain rich and be fine, it still is wrong and the Tonight Show is dead.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  234. urtargetaudience

    Absolutely will not be watching.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  235. sVybDy

    @Guest who posted "Why was it ok for Conan to go to NBC and demand Leno's job (under threat of leaving the network) but it's not ok for Leno to want it back?"

    First, I want to congratulate you for asking a sensible question instead of belligerently deciding that Conan and Leno must have done the same thing. If we had more critical thinkers like you, there never would have been a problem.

    Now to answer your question. First, Conan didn't demand Leno's job, although he made it clear he had aspirations of one day taking over. He first started getting serious about the idea in 2000 when ABC and Fox started coming at him with offers for an 11:35 show. But he stayed with NBC, hoping that one day The Tonight Show would become available. He could have made "demands" in 2000 but he never did.

    In 2004, when Leno was signed for 5 more years, Conan accepted that his day as the host of The Tonight Show would never come, and opened talks with other networks once more. Then NBC made their move, getting Jay to announce his retirement and promising The Tonight Show to Conan in 2009.

    (If you're skeptical, this information can all be found in Desperate Networks by Bill Carter.)

    And that's what has everybody annoyed. Jay promised NBC, he promised Conan, he promised everyone that he was retiring, and in the process not only lied to us all but he insulted Johnny Carson. Jay backstabbed Conan and proved that you don't have to be a nice guy to succeed in television, in fact, you're far better off being a total ******* because most of America will swallow the ******** he shovels down their throats.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  236. Baba Booey

    Only reason I will watch tonight is so I can relate to what Howard Stern says tomorrow morning on the CBS morning show. Go Howard!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  237. starter 5

    jay's humor is more suited for the 55+ age group. i'm 34 and can say that conan is way more appealing than jay.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  238. dax

    I always watched Leno, hated Conan. Went to Letterman when Conan had the show and can't wait to see something over Letterman.

    Personally, I think Craig Ferguson beats Conan & Letterman.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  239. Tim Greer

    Anyway, most people feel the Tonight Show is forever damaged and it's time is short lived now. All of this is irrelevant, as in 5 or less years, the Tonight Show will be a thing of the past.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Texan

    Hey TIM GREER, this just proves that Lenos audience are MORONS!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Puzzled by team CoCo

    So lets see if I understand you CoCo lovers / Leno Haters.

    Let me state I like Conan and Leno.

    CoCo tells Zucker that he wants the tonight show or hes leaving. So five years later he gets the show while its number 1 in the ratings. I dont care how many of you "I love CoCo" people there are it wasnt enough to keep the tonight show at number 1.

    The tonight show was down to 47% of its audience that it had when Leno was the host. NBC wanted to make sure that they didn't loose all of their sponsors so they bring back the guy who was number one for the previous DECADE and let O'Brien go.

    Did you Team CoCo people think that Leno was going to say no when he never wanted to leave in the first place?

    Do you think that NBC was going to let Conan continue with those ratings and not replace him with someone at some point?

    So then you come on message boards calling Jay a jerk or worse and make I am with team CoCo t-shirts and spout more venom towards Leno like he walked into Zuckers office and said "I want back in fire Conan".

    What it comes down to is there are half of the amount of people were watching Conan than were watching Leno. I guess there is no one but yourselves to blame for his lack of audience and ultimately his firing.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Robert

    I don't like Jay and I think what he and NBC did to Conan is horrible. I will not watch another episode of The Tonight Show, no matter who is on it, as long as Jay is the host. Letterman you have my support....give me a Nielsen Box!!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Jason

    Intellecta, there is no need to judge people's taste in comedy based purely on their intellect. Judging from your quote "If that is the mentality of the viewers he is after (those with an IQ of less than 50), then obviously didn't work", it is you lacking intellect, or a proper understanding of grammar (at best). Chances are I am younger than you, I am smarter than you, and I make more money than you do. I also find Conan to be much funnier than Jay, but that is simply my opinion. To say that those of greater intellect prefer Jay Leno (which is a joke in itself) is not only a poor observation, it is completely asinine.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  244. kevin

    He can do funny stuff but I hate the way he stares at his cue cards and reads them. It makes me think he has not even spent time going over the jokes. But overall the guy is a loser and should be retired not returned.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Tim Greer

    After all of the information out there, people are STILL going on about "Conan didn't have the ratings"? That's irrelevant, Leno's show was canceled, NOT Conan's Tonight Show. Conan could have stayed the host, but Leno and NBC were trying to suddenly use the ratings excuse to push back the time slot after 60 years of the same slot. Conan didn't want to be part of that, that's all there was to it. Had Leno not tried to pig his way into the 11:05 PM slot, there wouldn't have been a problem.

    As for the "ratings" thing, Leno's ratings were terrible when he took over for Carson and people gave him time to build the audience, but apparently Conan shouldn't have had the same shot? Even Leno himself mentioned this, and that it was time to give Conan a chance to grow the audience when Leno said he was retiring on his own show in 2004. Leno understood then and suddenly Leno brings up ratings as an excuse about Conan, but doesn't mention this all happened because Leno's ratings were so low? Leno got canceled, not Conan. This isn't confusing, that is the entire, simple story. This is why there are so many "Leno haters".

    March 1, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Ken

    Glad that Jay is coming back to the Tonight Show where he belongs. Conans humor is great if you are in the 12-14 age group. Like his statement on his Twitter account, I dont know how Ashton does it. Not even remotely funny. I think my main problem is the fact that i still miss Johnny Carson, and there will never be anyone to take his place, or be as good as him

    March 1, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  247. Ralph

    Thank goodness Jay is back!!!!! GO JAY GO!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Hoagie

    NBC started this whole thing a few years back when they asked Leno to retire and give the show to Conan. The night Jay announced it he said he supported it as he did not want NBC to lose Conan. Leno and Conan both are victims of NBC's lame handling of the whole affair. To put the entire blame on Leno is wrong, he was only going along with what the network wanted.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  249. JR

    The Tonight Show will never be the same, NBC made sure of that!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  250. Lo

    No one wants to do Leno tomorrow. Only people doing Leno are people who are his close friends are those who just want a little face time on TV. Leno is a piece if I ever saw one. F' NBC

    March 1, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Bren in Lex

    Jay has openly refered to The Tonight Show getting a new host as 'being fired' and also being 'cancelled.' The Tonight Show wasn't cancelled and he was simply replaced with another host – who is funnier.

    Jay did not bring in the ratings at 10:00 so people ended up watching other networks shows at 10:00 and for their news at 11:00 and didn't switch back to NBC after the news to see Conan. The NBC affiliates were not happy and the network had to do something because the affiliates were going to start airing other shows at 10:00 to try to catch some ratings. Conan's ratings slipped as part of the dominoe effect of Leno's horrible ratings, not because of his show.

    I don't know what Leno has over on the NBC execs, but what he did is just NOT RIGHT.

    I will not watch his show. I believe it will be in the end of an era for late night TV and the end of The Tonight Show. Leno has in effect killed The Tonight Show. But I would bet that he would rather have it die than go to someone else.

    Thats only my opinion of course. But I'm right.

    Brenda in Lexington, KY

    March 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  252. bren

    Yeah for Jay! He is truly a better comedian than Conan. Why did NBC screw up by putting Conan in that slot? Conan is an idiot. He acts like a girl. I am thrilled to see Jay's return!!! I can go back to watching the Tonight Show as I have done for so many years. Thanks to NBC!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  253. Stinky Beetle

    I'm with Team Coco... but I'll give it a watch just to see the set and to see if it was even worth bringing him back. If not, then I'll watch none of the above. Late Night TV is getting boring anyway.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  254. Dixie Normous

    Leno rules late night!!! The rest of you can get mouth raped by Edward Cullin!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  255. Carl

    Will definitely watch. He is the a best. His jokes are the funiest.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  256. Alexander Horn

    Don't blame Leno – he got screwed over by NBC himself, his only mistake was not to leave NBC like Conan did.

    And about the question who's better Leno or Conan – have you ever watched Craig Ferguson? He should be the king of late night.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  257. My Name is Jose Jimeniz

    I can't wait for Jay. Finally some late night comedy again. Letterman is puke. Gimmel is trash. O'Brien is finally gone ....

    March 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  258. Roger

    Welcome back Jay! The Tonight show was never the same without you! I'm just sorry we have to endure Sarah Palin this week, but then again she's always good for a laugh!

    Again, Welcome home!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Chris

    Boycott this big chin idiot. He had his chance and managed to screw it up so who suffers, Conan.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  260. Dan

    Letterman should have coaxed Conan to come on Tonight's show...even just to do the Top Ten List!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  261. Dave

    I don't have a problem with Jay. I don't find him particularly funny but I don't have a problem with him. Whoever said Leno is intelligent comedy is far off base. If you want that go over to Comedy Central and watch Stewart. I can't pretend that I will watch NBC again. They have been sketchy for years and years and then they killed Conan because they have an old idea in a new hip time slot. The Tonight Show may be a classic but it seems as though there may be a new request for the late night show time slot. I don't run the statistics so I'm not sure what that show is but if Conan couldn't quite fill the void to perfection Leno certainly won't and we may see another shake up in the near future. Or NBC will cope with a subpar rating from Leno in that particular time-slot yet again. By the sounds of it they have been dealing with sub par ratings everywhere as of late. They are even managing to push me away from The Office which is a complete feat if you ask me. All I have left to say is WTFNBC?

    March 1, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  262. Tony Kruegler

    I was delighted to hear that Jay would be back as I'm definitely NOT a fan of Conan's. But it's already ruined. Any program that has Sarah Palin as a guest obviously does not need me as a viewer. I wouldn't watch at gunpoint unless they planned to place her in a cage full of wolves. Oh wait... that would be animal cruelty.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  263. Bob

    Can't wait – Conan drove me nuts. Child-like comes to mind.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  264. Aida

    I would watch but I won't because I can't stand Sarah Palin.

    They should have never switched Jay anyway. Glad he's back at the old slot.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  265. David Smith

    I have always liked Jay. Of all the current talk show hosts, he is the best at Stand-up comedy and monologue. Where the others give a few obligatory jokes, then get on with the show, Jay does about 15 minutes of real Stand-up comedy. That is why I tune in for Jay, to hear his relavent humor on that day's news. You go Jay!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  266. Damien

    Why does everyone keep saying that Conan lost his job because The Tonight Show's ratings were bad? I would like to see proof on that if any can produce it. Jay was slotted back in to The Tonight Show because he's iconic and has a lot of time under his belt with the network and The Tonight Show; of course they were going to get rid of Coco before Jojo.

    Although I do think that Jay is for an older audience in the sense that his jokes are for the "good ol' boys" and Coco's a bit more for the younger crowd. I'm 28 and I personally favor Coco's humor over Jay's simply because Coco is crazed and Jay is plain. That's just my personal preference.

    I think NBC screwed up bad, as ET named the Jay/Conan fiasco one of the biggest TV goofs of all time. Oh well...whaddaya gonna do?

    March 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Jay fan

    Don't forget, if you people had watched Conan in the first place he would have had the ratings and still had the Tonight Show. None of this is Jay's fault. NBC asked him to leave and gave the show to Conan. He couldn't keep up Jay's high ratings , higher than Dave's don't forget, so now its up to Jay to bring the ratings back. Open your eyes people! It's all just business to these corporations. Ratings equal money.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  268. Str8 Outta Tx

    most of the ppl staying up late these days are younger. speaking for myself and the majority of ppl that i know, these guys aren't funny at all. check somebody else. i'd rather watch discovery.
    o.k. maybe not that bad, but i would watch gangland on history. or maybe 1000 ways to die on spike.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Mary

    Good point BMJinGA. I forgot to mention that Jay was #1 when he left (was fired) from The Tonght Show. If you aren't funny or provide some good entertainment than you are certainly not going to be #1 in late night. Jay is very funny!

    Good luck tonight Jay!!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  270. theactualtodd

    The only way this would matter to me is if NBC had ANYTHING ELSE WORTH WATCHING...and then it would only mean I'd have to turn the channel after the news. Conan WOULD have built an audience far greater than NBC could imagine, but, instead, they opted for Jay and an audience really, really close to being unable to watch because they're dead.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  271. TeamCoco

    Hey! I'm a "Midwest Boomer" and resent that people here assume I like Jay Leno. Stop generalizing about what baby boomers watch. It's my mother's generation that watches Leno. I'm a Conan fan all the way! And until Conan comes back I will watch Letterman.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  272. More Coco

    The 19-45 audience is what advertisers are paying for. Conan appeals to this crowd more than any other late night host. Jay's humor is boring and unoriginal. With Conan, you never know what you're going to get. I seem to remember that Leno was doing poorly when he first started as well. It's not Conan's fault he had aweful lead ins every night. Conan will land on his feet.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  273. sean

    Follow conan on twitter @ConanOBrien !!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  274. George, Houston TX

    jay had better rating than letterman, and handed a good show to conan who couldn't compete with letterman. it is like clinton handed a surplus economy to bush jr. who then messed it up big time. so, now we have obama who creating a much much bigger hole than bush. jay better watch out.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  275. jwk

    If you all loved Conan so much then why did he get killed in the ratings by David Letterman, a man who Jay trounced on for 10 years.

    As soon as Jay gets back Letterman moves to 2nd again and Conan to a distant third, he's just not as funny as you all think he is. The best shows he did were the ones after he was forced out.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  276. Joelan3

    If Jays show did well and Conan still got low ratings for a while would NBC still have moved Conan. NO! they wouldn't, they would have just taken the money. Never liked the Lano show and now have a reason to keep it off no matter who is the guest.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  277. TeamCoco

    Leno sucks. Conan rules!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  278. bird

    Tom H! "Oh, I expect all of you that say Jay is just for the Boomers are also the ones that put Obama, Pelosi and Reid in charge. Look how that has turned out!"

    EXCELLENT POINT!!!!!!!

    These young turds are so clueless about life! thank you for bringing that to their attention, serious kudos to you! I heartily agree! they got their change alright, but it diddn't turn out the way they were promised it would!

    Welcome back, Jay! I'll be watching you! Let the others boycott! They're the same ones who watched Conan.... he didn't last either. Now watch Obama so he'll go away!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  279. Dirty Dave

    Not watching. Shame on you Jay.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  280. qa

    Can't wait! I like Jay. Conan is OK but not my style. I wish him well too. I guess I'm getting old but: I make a lot of money. I spend a lot of money. I don't like the sarcasm of Dave or Conan. The advertisers of Jay will benefit by my watching the show.

    Everyone gets a vote. Watch what you want. But don't judge me for my preferences and I won't judge you for yours...

    I'll be recording Jay and watching the next evening as I get up early to go to work and can't stay up til midnight to watch any of these guys!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  281. Mary

    Sounds like those that are bashing or boycotting Jay weren't watching him before. I've been a fan of both Jay and Conan and will continue watching Jay as I have for the last 17 years he has been on as well as catch Conan whenever he gets his own show. They are both very funny and should not be compared with each other or anyone else. Stop being so damn angry & bitter about it. I'm curious to see how Jay's ratings will be once he is back on. Good luck to Jay back on the Tonight Show and to Conan on this next show.

    Love you Jay!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  282. BMJinGA

    CoCo just doesn't appeal to the vast majority according to the ratings. Think about it. When Jay took over The Tonight Show, this was his fist show so it took him a couple years to work his way into first place. When CoCo took over The Tonight Show, he had already had years on his own show to build up an audience. With the viewers CoCo had from his show plus the viewers from The Tonight Show, he should have had the highest ratings of anyone. But before Jay even started being his lead in CoCo had already failed.
    You have to remember this is a late night talk show, not a comedy show to see who tells the best jokes. Apparently Jay does a better job with interviews than CoCo. Plus a Masturbating Bear just isn't that funny to everyone.

    CoCo managed to push Jay out of The Tonight Show, which NBC now realizes they made a big mistake letting CoCo push Jay out when Jay was #1. This time they didn't want to make the same mistake twice, so Jay is in and CoCo is out. Jay didn't push CoCo out of his job the same way CoCo did him, Jay asked to be let out of his contract, he didn't threaten to quit if he didn't get the show the way CoCo did to get it.

    What it boils down to is NBC and a little bit CoCo is the problem. If NBC had not let CoCo push Jay out, then NBC wouldn't have put Jay on at 10 and none of this mess would have happened. CoCo and Jay would both still be there and CoCo could have been patient and waited till Jay himself was ready to retire and not NBC retiring him, or his ratings dropped from 1st and CoCo could have taken over without Jay being around to hinder him.
    I hope Jay and CoCo both have great shows and they can battle it out to see who is 1st over Letterman.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  283. John Myers

    Hey everyone...lighten up. I've loved Leno for years and will continue to do so. His monolouges are great and the show fits his style perfectly. Too bad Kevin Eubanks is leaving..they had a good banter back and forth.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  284. Marie MD

    leno has his moments, but we saw him life and he couldn't talk more than about 40 minutes.
    Watched him for jaywalking because it's funny and sad at the same time to see how stupid people are.
    At 10p he had limberger so we stopped watching. He has the quitter tomorrow night so we won't even bother at 11:35p
    I like him and don't know the reason, but i am glad that Kevin is leaving him. He saves the day when leno droops.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  285. Danette

    So many of the comments I'm reading make it sound like Jay's the bad guy in this change. NBC is the one who screwed up. Jay did what it took to save the jobs of the 175 people that work on his show. I say God Bless him for putting up with some of these nasty comments and being wiling to go back to the 11:35 time slot if it meant saving all those jobs and the families of those employed by Jay. He could have just told NBC screw you, walked away and left those 175 people out on a lurch. Jay, I wish you and your crew all the best!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  286. mike

    He should have gone away before. Now the viewers will let him know how they feel that he is back. I give it 3 months and NBC, "Nothing But Crap" network will pull the plug over the summer. Would rather watch CSPAN reruns of funding for beaver dam reconstruction.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  287. M.R. in L.A.

    Booooooo!
    Booooo Mr. Leno – you are a villain!
    Booooooooooooo!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  288. A. Goodwin

    Connie: Who do you think SPENDS the money? Em...that would be the younger crowd – we all know the old geezers make the money. Leno doesn't necessarily mean those with money will watch him (I am probably older than the typical Conan crowd, but I would still watch him in a heartbeat over Leno).

    March 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  289. chiguest

    If the people on here liked Conan so much, how come you didn't watch him? If you actually watch him and supported him, he would not have been fired.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  290. Jim

    To all the Leno bashers – how can you boycott a sponsors products if you do not watch the show to know who the sponsors are? DUH!!! I love Letterman, Conan just was never very entertaining to me, though he has his own followers. There is enough room for everybody. After all, it is just television.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  291. jamie lee

    I hate leno now. im NEVER gonna watch his show ever again.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  292. Orlando

    I am loyal to Conan. I await his new show, whatever it is, selling stuff on QVC, or whatever...lol. I don't like what NBC did to him. The ratings could've been given a chance to come around, or Conan could've changed some things..If NBC wasn't so greedy they wouldn't have been in this mess. Jay Leno is such a company man, they should've just given Leno the old Late Night slot, after Conan started The Tonight Show, he would've said: "Yes sir, wherever you need me, I'm your man." Conan showed grace and pride by not letting NBC move him around. I know he loved The Tonight Show but his self-respect is worth more. You are the man Conan. Good luck Jay, I won't watch you even if you have Conan as a guest.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  293. BC659

    To David: Obviously, chrisez rightfully meant the LIVING king of late night. Nobody can ever replace Carson, son.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  294. JT

    Jays comedy style is more appealing to a larger audience and thus that is why he was and will be the best at that time slot. Coco is funny but in a quirky way...his humor is appealing to the late late night crowd, which usually means drop outs, unemployed and the such...that's why he bombed at the earlier time....glad to have Jay back

    March 1, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  295. Lockjaw

    Finally! Leno's back! I've been waiting for this since the las Jay Leno show! It's about time!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  296. Canadian Viewer

    Will boycott Jay Leno!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  297. Jaybird

    Jay has lost his edge and he want's us to think he had nothing to do with this – he was behind the scenes pulling strings. The reason Conan's ratings weren't good was because of LENO. He was a drag on the network in Primetime. It just didn't work – totally flat. Conan is far more intelligent and he's really funny. He's fresh – what goes around, comes around. It will be interesting to see how this plays out and who ends up on top.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  298. Charlie

    Leno should have taken the high road after his prime time debacle. Like him or not , Conan never got a fair shake with big chin sliding into the 10PM time slot after his "retirement". Leno would have tanked too if Johnny Carson had decided to move to prime time when he retired from the Tonight Show. That being said, I always liked Conan at the 12:30 slot better.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  299. Don

    Jay is funny and entertaining; second only to Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show. Conan, on the other hand, was a true embarrassment to NBC. I would really like to see Jay and Conan opposite each other. Jay would win "hands down" and "chin up".

    March 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  300. Jason B.

    There are a few things to remember: 1) Conan supporters were around supporting the show. 2) Jay's bad ratings did affect Conan. The local news (which followed Jay) was getting killed in the ratings due to a bad lead in show. Local affiliates started to mutiny, and NBC gave in.

    Personally, I won't watch Leno. He's jokes are too heavily repeated for weeks on end. (We get it Jay. Americans are fat, airlines stink, and Congress is awful) And his bits (like Jaywalking) are really getting lame. I'd have put my money on Conan. I'd bet his audience leans towards the younger crowd...which I'd have thought advertisers would prefer.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  301. jim

    the ratings method is out of date. most of conan's audience watches online on their own time. old people who still schedule their lives around tv guide and their medication decide the ratings. this is why nbc is dead last, they're way out of touch.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  302. dave

    I'm glad Jay is coming back. There is no contest that he is best at what he does.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  303. J Haas

    I'm glad he's back. Kimmel's okay but I missed the Tonight Show. I just hope Jay will tone down his politics.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  304. Andre

    what's up with all the Leno haters...bottom line is television is all about RATINGS! Leno was the King of Late night for 16 straight years and it will be no problem for him to beat Dave again. Coco sucked at 10:30 and that is why he is gone! Get over it. Go Jay!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  305. Texan

    They didnt cancel Conan.

    He just did not want to share the time slot with that imbicile Jay.
    Dont forget, Conan walked on his own.

    DUH !!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  306. Debulator

    I love Jay. Always did. Letterman is a smartass. Anyone can be a smartass. That doesn't take talent. Good Luck Jay. I suspect you'll once again be a ratings winner in that timeslot.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  307. Thomas in Toronto

    I wouldn't give this rimshot loser 'comedian' the time of day. He is the thrown away wrapper from the chocolate bar that Conan O was. It's like asking for The Partridge Family when you could have had George Carlin.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  308. AC

    With Pailin on, I'll be watching Letterman.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  309. Margie

    I LOVE Jay Leno and miss him, even though it's just been a few weeks. I will continue to watch him nightly as I have for 17 years.
    He is funny and informative! Love you Jay!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  310. Big Mac

    These comments are hilarious...and many Leno fans are anxious to see Sarah Palin's appearance....which is even more hilarious...explains a lot to those of us who are not Leno fans. Why would anyone want to give Leno or Palin any ratings??

    March 1, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  311. Stewie

    Jay Leno is to comedy as The Olive Garden is to Italian cooking.

    Sadly, that means he will probably manage to do reasonably well.

    It may be worth listening to him tonight just to be prepared for tomorrow's Stern show. I'm sure Howard will be on his A-game.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  312. robert

    Does Dave know about this?
    I heard that Conan is going to be a guest on Letterman tonight.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  313. Bunzelle

    In researching thses events it appears that Jay had little to do with the changes made to his and Conan's shows. The network made all of the decisions for ratings and profits. Jay's contract made him go along, and unfortunately in the end Conan got a raw deal.

    Different shows and hosts give everyone a choice, which is a good thing.

    To sum up, if you don't like a show dont' watch it.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  314. Tracy

    The hard core truth is, NBC only cares about ratings. If Conan brought good ratings he would still have the job. He didn't perform well and like most companies, if your not doing a good job for them, they get rid of you. When Jay hosted the show, it was always #1 in the ratings. If it's not broken don't fix it. They never should of gotten rid of Jay to begin with, he apparently was doing a great job or he wouldn't of been # 1 for all those years. I am not a fan of, or a hater of Jay's, I personally think the only one on late night that is funny is David Letterman. I have to say I do hope he does well, because I don't feel he is getting a fare shake in all of this. SO GOOD LUCK JAY!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  315. Kansas fan

    Glad Jay is back. I also love him. Conan's dark humor was good for the really late-nigh viewers.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  316. Ray Fields

    Thank God Leno is back and the idiot is gone!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  317. IloveJay

    Great. I love Jay Leno.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  318. tkdmom

    Welcome back Leno. If all these Conan supporters had been around when his ratings were dropping...we wouldn't be reading this. I already know I will get nasty reponses, but truth is truth.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  319. Lisa

    Welcome back Jay! Never watched the Tonight Show once you left. Conan was overrated and Letterman is too smug for my taste. I agree with Bobbie – it is just TV not a world crisis!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  320. My O My

    Much of Leno's viewers that watched him on the Tonight Show were just waiting for Conan's show to come on. He has now lost that viewership. Leno better hold on for dear life to this die-hard fan base that look to trash Conan because he didn't give NBC instant ratings.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  321. Im with COCO

    I see all the Jay fans are 59 or Older!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  322. Eric Santos

    We should boycott ever watching the tonight show again. Leno you have no class in how you let Conan take the hit.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  323. Agnie

    Great....I love Jay......Conan is an idiot. I can't understand how anyone can stand to watch him!!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  324. Wow, this is silly

    Its a freakin business...everyone on here says Leno sucks, so why was he #1? Conan gave NBC the ultimatum of wanting the 11:35 spot. NBC put Leno before him as they didnt want to lose Leno either – he was #1!!!

    Anyone that understands business will understand what is happening here. Despite all what all of you say, you will end up watching after the focus dies down and Leno has the best guests as he did before.

    Conan was like a baby on the show anyways.... perhaps he should be on Saturday morning with the cartoons???

    March 1, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  325. mark

    this tool "retired", hyped it for years, then came back to host the 10PM debacle. now, he's back to his original job. a class act knows when to go............this man is no class act.
    johnny must be rolling with laughter in his grave over the silliness that has come out of this disaster.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  326. LS

    I didn't watch lamo Leno before. I certainly will not start now .

    March 1, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  327. sp

    Conan was booted becuase ratings were poor. He's a boutique comedian that lacks mass appeal. He would have been gone whether Leno was there to replace him or not. NBC is the one that messed this up from the beginning. Promising the tonight show to Conan to keep him on the network, taking Leno off when he was #1 and trying to keep him around with a lame new show. Leno's a nice guy, funny and deserves the chance to come back. No one hated Conan when he demanded to have Leno's 7 years ago. He may have been treated like crap by NBC, but Jay Leno isn't to blame for that, and he's not to blame for Conan's ratings.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  328. maggs

    no interest whatsoever. not a funny or entertaining guy.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  329. Jim

    I for one like Jay Leno better than Conan O'Brien. It must be something about my age but Conan's humor is not to my taste. I will miss Kevin Eubanks.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  330. jon

    Never will watch it for what he did to Conan. Conan is a class act!
    Your the best Conan!
    go away Jay

    March 1, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  331. aron

    Looks like this is a Leno haters' club. What did he do? No need to hate Conan either. They are different. So is Letterman. Just watch what you like. Oh ya, NBC is broken.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  332. Tim Greer

    Bobbie... Pot, Kettle?

    March 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  333. Craig

    I"m one of those viewers that can't wait for Leno to come back. I recorded Leno's "Tonight Show" for about two years and usually watched the first 30 minutes the next day after I got home from work. I tried watching O'Brien for about two weeks but thought it was very slow paced and not at all funny – his humor just wasn't for me. It's too bad NBC tried to fix something last summer that wasn't broken. Good luck to Conan, wherever he should land.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  334. Bob

    Jay Who?!... Go David and Conan!

    NBC, complete idiots... related to FOX by chance?!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  335. John

    Who gives a sh*t if Palin is on Leno.
    Let's see her on Letterman's show.
    Now, THAT'S "Must-see TV."

    March 1, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  336. AJ

    Thank goodness he's back in his chair as host of The Tonight Show. Conan was a bad joke NBC perpetrated on the public. His kind of humor is not that hot for mainstream Hollywood. Even advertisers thought so as well; no $$$, no show–fire the guy! He pulled poor ratings via HIS demographic, a demographic that apparently spends more time on their computer than on tv to generate ratings. Their the slacker/gamer generation. Passed your bedtimes, kids!
    Love that Jay's back!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  337. Bobbie

    congratulations to all of you who have the time and energy to give a damn. It's only TV, please calm down before you all give yourselves strokes.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  338. Tim Greer

    Awful stuff. Shows how bad and desperate he is, having the likes of Palin on.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  339. diane hanson

    I am very glad jay is back he is the best . He never should have been forced to leave these networks are ass holes.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  340. olga

    I want Conan back.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  341. Randy_D

    Jay who?

    March 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  342. jon

    The whole situation is disapointing. Obviously NBC should have never tried to replace Jay in the first place. I like both Conan and Leno equally. Different humor but both gave me a laugh. Leno seems like one of the nicest down to earth guys there is so it kind of sucks how people have made him out to be the bad guy. Conan just didn't work and you can't blame Leno for that. His ratings sucked in the 3 or 4 months before Leno started at 10.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  343. wes

    its funny that all these people come out of the woodwork supporting Conan now, when all they had to do was watch his show. But they didn't. They watched Letterman. So NBC went from beating Letterman every night to losing to him every night. Leno had the same number of viewers in primetime as he did in Late Night, but that's not good enough at 10pm. I'll miss him at 10 because i probably wont be up late enough to see him now.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  344. noyoushuttup

    Leno is a 'joke-teller' .... Letterman is legitimately funny

    March 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  345. mytwocents62

    Conan didn't get canceled! NBC wanted to move his "Tonight" show to 12am ("tomorrow") to make room for Leno when his 10:00 show WAS canceled.

    That scenario would never have come up if Leno had taken his failure like a man and moved on. He had willingly left "The Tonight Show" behind (with much fanfare) and he should have left it at that. Instead he was willing to push "The Tonight Show" and Jimmy Fallon later into the night and O'Brien didn't want to do that to the show or Fallon. So O'Brien chose to walk away, the better man.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  346. dw

    Would not watch him if you paid me!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  347. Jon

    Don't these old multi-millionaires EVER retire?? Do they never have enough money?

    March 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  348. ob vee ous

    conan didnt have ratings because there was a crap tonight show lite and a half hour of news leading in, not the old format that was in place for and working for years.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  349. Patti P

    I am so happy that Leno is coming back! Conan stunk. He didn't get the ratings. Plain and simple. I don't know that Jay can get his ratings back, but NBC has to try. It was NBC that lost when it changed the lineup. Letterman is okay, but I can't stand Paul Schaffer. Hate him, hate him!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  350. William J. Crowley

    Do not speak of Carson in the same breath as Jack Paar. Carson "dumbed-down" the Tonight Show and was "safe". Paar scared the network. Conan FAILED because he doesn't appeal to a large enough audience... Jay does and even more so than that moron Letterman. Jay will rule again.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  351. jp

    O'B simply was funny only to a small audience. NBC saw his popularity (dismal as it was) during the wee hours as reason to force Leno out, which is what they did. The prime time experiment was laughable, and even Leno knew it would not work every night. The network got what it deserved with the controversy. Wonder when NBC (Nothing But Confusion) is going to hire someone with some common sense in upper management. Like too many in the entertainment bidness, these empty suits have nothing to offer except self praise. Leno is not the trouble maker in this situation; he deserves the show from which he was forcibly (with little class) removed.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  352. Sophia

    I find it amazing that all of these "so-called" Conan fan are suddenly coming out of the woodworks. Where were these people when his ratings fell nearly 50%. Don't blame Jay for NBC's incompetence. The powers-that-be made Jay an offer, so her took. Many have the misconception that Conan would have kept his job if Jay turned it down–WRONG. The issue was ratings, Conan would have been replaced, whether it was by Jay or someone else-That's showbusiness.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  353. Ficheye

    What a bunch of whiners. Sore losers. Jason is the new 'Bill'. Leno wins, Conan loses. It's totally an age thing. Gen X,Y, and Z are so angry! No more slapstick redhead to ignore while they twitter. If they actually watched Conan he'd still have a show, but reality is unpopular. It all started with 'Jaywalking'. It was amazing how stupid a lot of the 'younger generation' are. And defensive, too. Time to make a difference instead of just whining. Try it. Maybe then they'll give Conan a show again. Not. Time to twitter, dweebs. You lose.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  354. ob vee ous

    another glad handing snake rides the bottom line as anther good man gets pushed out.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  355. Pam

    I don't believe Jay did anything wrong. NBC forced him out of his successful "Tonight Show" stint while he was #1 so they could give the goofy Conon his chance like he wanted. He flubbed up and they wanted to change things up but keep him on; he wouldn't agree, so he's outta here. NBC is the one at fault here, not Jay Leno. I always watched before and will be happy to watch once again. Bring it on.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  356. Bill

    Jay Leno is fun, entertaining, and should be returned to his original time-slot. No matter how much money NBC spent on "the coming of O'brien," it was truly an epic experiment gone bad. Welcome back Mr. Leno!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  357. coldsprings

    Ugh, if so many people "love" leno then why did his show FAIL miserably at the earlier time slot when more people are awake. How come the local nightly news start to fail so badly after Leno?

    Leno have been a man and departed the network (maybe go to Fox?) to let Conan truly have an honest shot. Did you see Johnny trying to do another show on the same network after he retired? Of course not. Jay Leno is classless and acts like a the victim. I was fired from 2 shows . WAAHHH,...

    I hope he tanks and feels the pain of the unemployment line.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  358. Lucifer

    Facinating! Such a silly topic, such emotion. The exquisite hate...I love it !!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  359. Joe

    for people who don't care you sure make a lot of comments. Fact is it was business decision by NBC. was it the right one is yet to be seen but Conan was not cutting it. Lead in blame is stupid. I change channels for a show I want to watch. It does not matter what is on before it. That is my TV watching habit. yours may differ.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  360. Bob

    So glad to see Jay again at 11:30. He is the funniest guy on the planet. I liked Jay's 10:00 show, but couldn't watch it that much. Conan was so unfunny and boring.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  361. Joe

    don't watch it loosers! who cares? he has his own fans

    March 1, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  362. Bob P.

    Leno is better than Letterman or anyother late night show. Yes, I'm under 40.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  363. James

    this is why i watch Jimmy kimmel, the soup and chelsea lately, because NBC sucks ass now that they fired conan. dont get me wrong i like jay but jay should have shown some class and retired like his predecessor johnny carson, somethimes you have got to know when your time is up.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  364. Texan

    I would rather watch grass grow than to tune into Leno.
    There are people out there that just don't see how Leno thinks he is better than anyone else in the world. His so called jokes are horrible, and his interviewing skills are ZERO. This clown is BORING.
    It is time for you to go Jay, and take a veryyyyyyyyy long vacation with your wife you have ignored for the past 17 years. But I am sure she likes it that way, because you probably bore the crap out of her too.
    Lets take bets to see how soon he will have Wanda Sykes back on.
    Morgan Freeman is already scheduled to come back on.
    They are LOOSERS, just like YOU Jay!!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  365. patti

    Can't wait. Never liked Conan.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  366. Ellen

    Yeah! We are very happy Jay will be back. We always enjoyed watching his show, unwinding from a busy day, before going to sleep.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  367. Scott

    I second the question of why the anger? Leno signed away his Tonight Show gig to Conan years ago to try to avoid the same grief he went through with the management over Letterman. Look, they all like each other, but everybody wants to host the Tonight Show, and there can be only one. And what underhanded plotting are they engaging in? The networks decide who gets the slot based on one thing: ratings. Leno's were always better, even over such accomplished talents as Letterman and O'Brian. But Letterman has done very well with his own 11:35PM gig, and perhap Conan will, too.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  368. Huh?

    Conan was an self-inflated ego disaster. With all that nervous chattiness along with laughter at his own neurotic jokes, how could anyone see him as funny? Glad to see Jay and his solid sef-deprecating humor back.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  369. Likes Leno

    I enjoy Leno and Conan and I really hope to see Conan back on the air in September. I'd pay to see Conan do a live show.

    But grow up people. It's' business. Conan didn't have the ratings.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  370. albertob

    Jay Leno is cheap, his humor is lame. Sad!
    Long life to Letterman!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  371. Mathews

    I agree with Dimmie, March 1st, 2010, 11:57am. It was the affiliates – they were losing advertising dollars.

    Jay is a comedian where as Conan is a Clown. Jay tells a good joke with a punch line. Conan does a Clown routine…..

    As for Letterman – It is old stuff with different wording…

    March 1, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  372. Hewitt

    Well Jay's humor is for the AARP crowd which is a huge demographic. It sucks to say this but for my fellow Gen X and Y folks, Conan's loss is partly our fault. While together we are a bigger group than the Baby Boomers, we didn't always sit down to watch Conan when he came on TV. That's not to say that Conan's humor is far better than Jay's. Jay just wants the Tonight Show to have it, not because he wants to do anything creative or humorous. His humor isn't intelligent, it's just made for people with either low intelligence or a lazy sense of humor.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  373. DR

    his number is finally up. all that back-stabbing has caught up with him. who cares about this guy any more? he's made his millions, now let him drive off into the sunset in his 1922 Stanley Steamer.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  374. jim

    Connie,

    If by "Who do you think spends the money in this country? It's the old people." you mean it's the old people who has bankrupted the country then i agree.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  375. pamela

    All I got to say is don't watch then, such complainers!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  376. JoePa

    Will not watch because he's not funny. Will never watch because he's a jerk.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  377. rh

    ditto to many – i will never watch him again.....

    March 1, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  378. MKEmom

    I won't watch the Tonight Show ever again...not even for Brett Favre. I don't understand why Jay would want his old gig back. He's been doing the same old schtick for forever. Doesn't he want to challenge himself? Do something new?

    How would he like it if, after retiring, Johnny Carson had said, "You know what Jay, retirement's not what I thought it was. I want my job back." Didn't happen because Johnny Carson was a class act. It's not about the situation, it's about how you handle it. Jay handled it poorly.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  379. Jon

    "Leno is a staple. If you think he's for old folks then don't watch. Who do you think spends the money in this country? It's the old people."

    Ha Ha – Your an old lady.

    Actually the demographic that spends the most money is a lot younger.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  380. geniusman

    LOSER!!! Loser, loser, loser! Third time's the charm...to get cancelled and stay cancelled. I don't get it, him and his show has already been cancelled TWICE. How and why is he still here? I can easily count on one hand the number of shows i remember being cancelled and then being brought back. But this?! Timeline: Jay has long-running show, The Tonight Show (which i never watched), gets cancelled, we see a ba-zillion commercials talking about the Tonight Show 2.0, a redone, modernized version (which i watched for about ten days), gets cancelled, a late night talk show "food fight" begins between Jay, Conan and Dave, leaving the Conan with the pie in the face and no show. Then they told us "LENO GOING OFF AIR", "FINAL EPISODE THIS FRIDAY", and i was thinking "Hallelujah, praise the lord". And it was true, after that friday it was the news and other stuff. But now he's back and i will never, never, never, never, ever, ever watch him ever again. Jay Leno, please go away and leave us alone.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  381. goawayleno

    Who cares.........

    March 1, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  382. Bert

    Conan is a freak people!Where was NBC's head thinking he could fill Leno's spot and equal ratings?
    Welcome back Jay!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  383. Blake

    Screw this guy. All personal bias aside, NBC made a huge mistake letting Conan go for Leno. If they don't know it yet, they will soon enough. Best of luck to Jay. He's going to need it after looking like a self-centered ass in front of the entire country. And I'm 100% certain Conan will move on to something better. No way in hell that dude is out of the picture.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  384. Just Me

    Looking forward to having something funny to watch before bed once again. I tried watching Conan but found him more stupid than funny and Letterman is just annoying (might be better without Paul Shaffer). I like Jimmy Kimmel, but often can't stay awake that extra 30 minutes with nothing good on to watch until his show starts. Welcome back, Jay!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  385. David

    To Crisez... The King of Late Night (Carson) is still dead, son. He's not coming back... and Jay is nothing but a court jester...

    March 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  386. Jonathan

    FINALLY! Late night is worth watching again. Conan just didn't have it. Sorry folks. He was flat. His choice of guests was flat. And frankly, his who attitude during the time shuffle was nothing but immature. Come on guys, we're talking about his show moving 30 minutes. Prime time shows get shuffled all the time, not just by timeframes but sometimes even to different days. Conan's fear was that he couldn't follow jay's act successfully. His ratings were flat without having to follow somone who is arguably TV's best late night host. Following that host would have been his ruin and he and his people knew it. That's why they bailed. Welcome back Jay. Missed you!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  387. Will

    Neither the comedians or the network execs made the decision, the VIEWERS did. That's why Jay is back. It's all about ratings people.

    Welcome back Jay! Missed you.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  388. Conanfan

    I will not watch leNO! He is no longer funny, and a hypocritical back-stabbing douchebag! I will watch anything except leNO, even Letterman is better. Once Conan gets back on the air, I will watch him no matter where he is.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  389. brig

    leno is a sad sad person will still watch lettermen

    March 1, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  390. Tracy

    Leno is/was/will always be Horrible, I hope NO ONE watces his show. Now Kev is gone....I'm waiting for Conan to come back next Fall.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  391. akelements

    i liked jay BEFORE he screwed over my boy conan....

    i will never watch the tonight show again, unless conan or jimmy is hosting it!

    i hope you tank it, jay!!

    TEAM COCO!!! WOO!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  392. paul

    NBC and LENO should look at what Jack Paar and Steve Allen did... forget the lame stuff Johnny did, tho there were moments...

    Leno seems to have a very annoying staff and leans toward slightly 'blue' stuff that just isn't funny.

    How about getting a REAL theme song instead of the lame flubbing around with guitars and loud music which wanders and seems to go nowhere? A real identifiable theme song would be useful and nice.

    Watch Leno.... seems unlikely.... same old same old... nothing even refreshingly new expected!!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  393. JW

    Hey all you people are nuts. Who cares what you watch. Watch what you want to watch, that's what it's all about. The winners will get the ratings and that's the end of it.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  394. Truth

    I will be watching Leno on Tuesday for one reason and one reason only.

    SARAH PALIN

    How's that hopey and changey thinky workin out for ya?

    March 1, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  395. Tony

    The average age of a Leno viewer is 80 years old.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  396. Bill in Dallas

    Why have Sarah Palin on? Doesn't she get enough free publicity and 70% of America thinks she's an airhead!! Won't watch that show, will probably tune into Letterman. Jay needs to get more Democrats on his show. He stacks the deck with all his Republican friends. I guess he is catering to the older white male audiance.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  397. David

    I don't dislike Jay... I just like Dave and Conan better. I will not watch his show ever again because of the way the butt-holes at NBC treated Conan. The people at NBC responsible for programming F up every chance they get. Last night for instance... Olympic Closing Ceremonies... they broadcast 3 hours or Closing Ceremonies, then break for 60 minutes (30 minutes of The Marriage Ref, then 30 minutes of local news), then back to the closing ceremonies. What kind of morons interrupt a popular event that airs once every 4 years for a new show and local news? Same imbeciles responsible for working last night's programming debacle are probably the same imbeciles responsible for the Jets-Oakland "Heidi Bowl" disaster of 11/1968. NBC... get a brain, will you!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  398. Connie

    Leno is a staple. If you think he's for old folks then don't watch. Who do you think spends the money in this country? It's the old people.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  399. Jon

    Isn't Jay's demographic audience old ladies?

    March 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  400. Ashley

    Jay is not at fault here. I don't understand why people are blaming him for decisions that execs made. No body complained when Conan asked for Jay's job five years ago and Jay (even though he was number 1) agreed without making a fuss. The truth of the matter is that Conan did not get good ratings and it had nothing to do with Leno. People watch the shows they want to watch. If people wanted to watch Conan at 11:35, they would change whatever channel they were watching to tune in to him- not Letterman. It's that simple. Also, people get fired all the time and they don't get millions of dollars for it. I must admit Conan was smart to make this situation in to a big drama to get attention and of course, there are always those out there that have no clue as to how the real world operates and they just follow! I am sure Conan will be fine wherever he goes from here (Fox?), but to blame all this on Leno is lame. People must have nothing else to do to take sides between two millionaire comedians.
    This is business, people, nothing else.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  401. Frank Varro

    I'll never watch an Minute of this show.

    VIVA CONANDO!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  402. Tom H

    You Conan lovers just need to follow him wherever he ends up and quit trying to blame Jay on Conan's low ratings on the Tonight Show. They both had low ratings. But, of course, they don't have exclusive rights on what is going to be aired, etc. NBC is the bad guy here, not these two. Oh, I expect all of you that say Jay is just for the Boomers are also the ones that put Obama, Pelosi and Reid in charge. Look how that has turned out!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  403. Maria

    Jason, can I take it that you plan to die by the time you are 49? "People over 50 – Ugh" ??? What kind of goofy comment is that?!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  404. bodhi

    I switched to the Daily Show and Colbert Report many years ago. Never looked back at these fluffy boring network offerings. They are so bland and watered down in comparison.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  405. Jerry Mainer

    Love Jay, He is funny and better than Letterman or Conan will ever be. Conan jumps around, spends and does things that are npt funny. Letterman is funny looking.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  406. Joe

    Hey Festus, Why do you still call it Leno's Tonight Show if Conan was so good?

    March 1, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  407. jim

    boycotted

    March 1, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  408. John

    Conan was boring. Period. Welcome back Jay!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  409. ElBurro91

    dudes why are you all blaming Jay Leno for what happened? NBC is to blame not Jay, I am sure he will do fine. Conan was funny too, but what happened to him was NBC's doing not Jay's.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  410. jim

    Wow,
    If half the Co Co posters here actaually watched Conan, he would still be on . Fact is Conan threatened to leave if he didn't get a guaranteed date (5yrs ) for his shot at the Tonight Show. When the 5 years were up, NBC made good on their promise, booted Jay so Whiny O'Brien counl have his shot (Did anyone (including Jay) whine that Jay was being pushed out to keep whiny O'Brien at NBC – not that I heard.)

    Then O'Brien lost half the audience. Wasn't that he didn't try. NBC wanted him off the air so much they paid him $30 mil to go away. How is that Jay's fault? All Jay did was agree to host the show again after NBC decided to fire Conan.
    If Jay didn't take the job, thry would have found someone else. Most people that take a job or promotion are taking someone else's job. How many of the whiners here (the ones with jobs) said no to taking a job because someone else did not work out before them, thinking maybe if they did not take the job, the employer would say "hey why don't I give so & so another try" Grow up. That is probably why the "Boomers from the Midwest" will be watching Leno.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  411. Niel

    Leno is palling a lot with idiots lately........
    He had Limbaugh and Beck on his 10PM show. Beck visited (and boasted online) Leno at his home.

    and now Palin........

    by by Leno... I am NOT watching you. You are nuts.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  412. Debra

    Very disappointed in all of this-will not watch him again.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  413. Fred L. Fraud

    Will Palin get nekkid?

    March 1, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  414. Debbie

    Hooray for Jay! So glad he's back!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  415. Bill

    I'll be counting the holes in my bowling ball instead.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  416. Mark

    if everyone loves Conan so much? how come they were not watching? it's all about the numbers. People will forget and watch Jay just like they always have. Letterman is a sleazeball.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  417. dee dee

    Love Jay. Can't stand Conan. Letterman is off-kilter, but occasionally funny. Glad to have Jay back, will watch the monologue. Don't care for Palin. And let us over 55 have some respect, please! Don't you know that we are the fastest growning segment of the population? Actually, it's the younger of you out there who are not sophisticated in your humor!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  418. Austingirl

    Again, reiterate the Letterman schedule. Let's see, would I rather watch Sarah Palin or maybe Seinfeld or Tom Hanks....

    March 1, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  419. Person

    Oh stop crying. Conan didn't have ratings so it got cancelled. That's the way it works on TV. It has worked that way for years. Jay was getting ratings in that slot – so putting him back there makes business sence. Sure, its fun to villanize someone – but just grow up already. Its just business.
    And – conan isn't any funnier than Jay, who isn't that funny. They were both boring. Everyone just suddenly pretends to be a Conan fan because it's cool now.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  420. Sternisgod

    baba booey!!! baba booey!!! Jay Leno sucks

    March 1, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  421. Jeff

    Ivan Bear – Letterman is not from Connecticut? He's from Indiana. He used to live in Connecticut but now in New York. Are you sure you're a real New Yorker? If you were, you might have seen mentions of this in the NY Post, Daily News, Times...or any number of local sources around the city.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  422. mytwocents62

    I don't know why people keep saying it's not Jay's fault. No matter what he said on Oprah. He signaled years ago that he would be done with The Tonight Show when his contract was up. Conan was promised the job and planned (with his entire staff) accordingly for years.

    Jay went on to his other endeavors and it didn't work out. No one forced him to accept NBC's offer to return to 11:30. If he hadn't, they weren't going to get rid of Conan. Conan was doing fine and building his audience just as Jay had been given a chance to do.

    Would Conan have been replaced so soon if Jay had simply retired or gone back to stand-up? No. If Johnny Carson had decided that retirement wasn't for him after a few months, would Leno have wanted to step aside? No.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  423. BC

    The funniest thing is reading about how everyone cares about who wins a ratings battle between two multi-millionaires. I mean come on now, will your life really be all that better or worse based on who gets more viewers at 11:30 PM. LOL. You all need to get a life.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  424. Wendy

    So glad to see Jay Leno back where he belongs. Coco didn't bring in the ratings. End of story – not Jay's fault. Coco appeals to a younger crowd and he will find a successful market for that – just not on the Tonight Show.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  425. Park

    Thank you NBC for getting rid of Conan as he was one of the most silly, showoffs on television. Hope he stays lost with is millions. Glad Jay is back with some good guest like Sarah Palin and others that make his interviews interesting and practical. I don't normally like NBC but Jay is one of the bright spots on their network. And if you think Jay is for old people, well I am 71 and so be it if I like him. Don't tune in if you are young and like Conan. See if you can find Conan on your T. V. tonight ????? The best survive and the worst leave or get canned in America. Looking forward to many more years watching Jay and being really entertained before I go to sleep each night. I went to sleep during Conans show, but go to sleep after Jay is finished each night. Love Jay.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  426. Sam

    The funniest thing Jay Chino has done is that spot for Dave's show during the Super Bowl, but he even over-acted that. The only people who find Jay funny are old people or people who have a very poor sense of humor and need to have every joke carefully crafted and handed to them on a plate.

    And no, showing newspaper typos isn't funny. Neither is interviewing morons on the street.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  427. Chris

    Jay is AWESOME!!! if you don;t like him then don't watch!!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  428. chuck d

    Jay can bite me. I will never watch his show again, he sucked before and he still sucks

    March 1, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  429. Rose

    Glad Jay is back on late night!!! We enjoy watching his show! way better than Conan!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  430. Jay

    After the entire way this whole debacle was handled I can't imagine his ratings ever go back up like NBC is hoping.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  431. nwtiki

    If Conan was so great, why did his rating suck???

    March 1, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  432. Phil

    Really should boycott movies and shows of his guests if they are going to support him by coming on his show.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  433. Shannon

    Not Only will I boycott the Show, I will Boycott ALL OF MR.LENO'S SPONSERS. I REFUSE To accept what NBS Has done to the lineup.

    Operation Coco is in Effect.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  434. Nancy

    I have always like Jay leno and think he is a good entertainer. I will watch him as much as I can. He is on very late where I live. I feel that others who seem to thrive on either silliness or sick drama can't understand a good guy who happens to make light of life and the world we live in. Lighten up people. Life is unfair – deal with it.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  435. kg

    Jay is the BEST – has the best humor. Welcome back Jay.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  436. sleepy@eastcoast

    i liked jay at 10 pm, now i wont be able to watch anymore 11:35 is just too late for me :( they shouldve given him more time. never liked conan but i did enjoy jay as long as i could and will miss him. waiting to move to a more "convenient timezone" i guess lol

    March 1, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  437. Vic

    After what he did to Conan, I'll never watch Leno again.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  438. exactaman2003

    Television is about ratings. About half the number of people who had previously been watchin Leno, was watching Conan and to top it off, Leno was doing poorly in his spot.

    If Conan was enjoying the same or better ratings than Leno did, then probably you would still be watching Conan, but Conan blew his chance. Leno had nothing to do with that.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  439. Paul From Milton

    Love him or hate him Leno is the classic grinder who will do what it takes to get his show back on top. He was beating Letterman in the ratings when he left and I am sure he will ultimately beat Dave again. Dave is funny (and cruel) but he is his own worst enemy in terms of building his show. Conan has his fans but his show was terribly overrated and not a good fit at 11:30..

    March 1, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  440. WontwatchLeno

    Wont ever watch Jay Leno again. Glad Kevin is leaving with some dignity.....

    March 1, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  441. Dan

    I have never seen anybody read a tele prompter so poorly as Jay. I will stick with Letterman. Far more entertaining and spontaneous.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  442. Joe

    If Conan was funny, he would have kept his job. It would have been easier for NBC to just let Jay walk away, but the fact is that Jay brings in a bigger audience.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  443. Lin1945

    I am out for the count. As long as Zucker, Evil Ebersol and Leno are part of NBC I will abstain from turning on anything NBC. Zucker and Evil Ebersol are the faces of poor executive leadership. Leno is in the perfect role of follower . . . if it benefits me I will follow you . . . I have no respect for Leno any longer. It will be interesting to see how long Kevin Eubanks sticks around. Bet he is tired of all the drama and trauma. Conan came out the winner even though it appears by losing The Tonight Show he is the loser. Wrong. There are many former Leno viewers that will chant the words to Conan . . . I will follow you . . . C'mon Comcast, clean house and do it soon before the NBC brand is in the toilet, totally!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  444. ZALISA

    Ok, for all of us who are Conan fans, REMEMBER WHAT HE SAID THE LAST NIGHT OF HIS SHOW...he hates cynicism....why all the negativity...let's see, people fighting for their life in Chile, Haiti, and Europe....Conan will definitely ride this out to a better life, but everyone who is so stuck in the negative, you are going to stay right where you are....LET IT GO and stop the negativity already...you know, you are just making Jay the bigger star by showing this hatred, don't you...don't like him, just switch the channel, no hatred or cynicism required....GEEZ

    March 1, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  445. john

    At least I can watch Jay withut having to listen to the cackling guitarist who recently moved on. Jay is best as a standup comedian. I always check out Dave and Jay for the night's guests especially the music performers. I hate when these guys read silly things from cards and hate that they always save the performances till the last 3 minutes of the show. The producers are dead heads, afraid to take a chance.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  446. Thomas

    I'd rather watch static than watch Leno drag us all through his stale dried humor. I'll be over on CBS with Letterman.

    NBC and it's 4 remaining fans can crash and burn alone.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  447. Dave

    How much money and fame does this douche need? He rolled the dice and lost. Now he expects everything back the way it was. No respect for him what-so-ever. Letterman is the man. And Conan was funny! He wrote for the Simpsons...who is not funny that writes for the longest runny show ever?

    March 1, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  448. Henry

    I think Jay Leno has showed his true colors thru this whole debacle. NBC deserves to be in last place due to their mishandling of the whole situation.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  449. Jon

    Conan wasn't the one with the ratings issue, with was NBC in general. Leno had crappy ratings and they thought moving him back would make him better....it will if he is in bed by 11:35 so we can watch some funny people. Conan was not the problem....NBC was trying to squeeze the rest of the funny juice out of Leno at 10 and it didn't work because he's spent!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  450. CHRISEZ

    Hurray! The King of Late Night is back! Finally!

    March 1, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  451. duds

    Hey, NBC, are you reading this comments? Do you pay ANY attention to what viewers think?

    March 1, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  452. TA

    not interested in Leno before, much less interested now. Letterman is the funny, entertaining one.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  453. Adirondacks

    So pleased Jay is back, truly a class act.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  454. facefur

    Ho hum. He's not really funny, nor is Conan or Letterman for the most part. ... ... ...So, what's for dinner?

    March 1, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  455. Roy

    The Leno fans on here are forgetting one thing: The show NBC cancelled was not Conan's, but Leno's.

    Leno wanted his old time slot back in return and Conan refused to protect the integrity of the program (no doubt some selfish reasons as well of course, but still).

    How can ANYONE think that Leno did the right thing here? He is so clearly in the wrong it's not even funny.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  456. Snipweed

    We sure have a lot of expert critics of Jay Leno out there. If Jay performed so poorly, why was he chosen to replace Johnny, and for so many years. Get over it! It's just TV business.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  457. A. Goodwin

    Those who support Leno are the same people who most likely love to watch Lawrence Welk re-runs.

    Co Co Jo Jo: I think you are smoking something...do you even watch these shows or is this past your bedtime? Please do not speak for me. In my "opinion" Leno is the most BORING personality on late night.

    Leno is NOT a class act...just an act.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  458. Alicia

    I've never been a fan of Jay Leno and his overly-rehearsed jokes. I wish they would have given Conan more time to develop his show and find his audience. He's much funnier than Leno and was a nice change. I'll just stick to Letterman, he's been at the top of his game lately.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  459. Intellecta

    I watched conan his first nite- The highlight of his first show was a trip to the 99 cent store! Downhill from there. If that is the mentality of the viewers he is after (those with an IQ of less than 50), then obviously didn't work. I think he is lame and deserved to be cancelled.

    I have tried to watch him over the years, and never liked his kind of low intellect humor. Give me Jay anytime.

    I watch Jay or Letterman depending on the guests that are on. Most viewers do, even if they don't want to admit it. They play to an adult crowd. Those who come home from their blue collar jobs and crack out the beer really only respond to the "trip to the 99 cent store" kind of humor.

    Welcome home Jay!!!! May you and Letterman rein forever and ever! Us mature adults want you!! The mini brains can swill their beer and pass out!! No loss!!

    March 1, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  460. Jay Fan

    Jay is a great entertainer. He is dedicated to his work & that's why I respect him & watch him. I will no matter what time he's on at or what channel. The people that waste so much time getting mad about the switch have too much time on their hands. So many bigger things to worry about.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  461. T. Andrews

    Hope he lasts half as long as his "experiment" of a show did. I have no respect for him. Sure, it wasn't his idea, but he didn't say "No". A man who makes a decision ought to stick to that decision, and not change his mind when it turns out to be a disaster.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  462. Wow

    For those who so loves Conan, is this what you call great comedian?:

    "After joking that he had interviewed a squirrel in his backyard and connected the freckles on his arm with a Sharpie, this weekend he wrote “This is only my 5th tweet and I’m already exhausted. My God, how does Ashton do it?”

    If this is best he can do, and people go crazy about him... well... I guess every audience deserves it's king...

    March 1, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  463. g smith

    Jay Leno is 100% better than Letterman. Letterman is a hateful moron. On Tuesday when Palin is on, Jay will have better ratings then Letterman ever had.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  464. Tenngoose

    Conan sucked and was NOT funny. His skits were super lame. Jay should have never been forced out of the Tonight Show. Glad to see Conan gone!!

    March 1, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  465. Jon

    I've seen enough of the olympians in the last 2 weeks, know all the stories, any no interview can be better than what Bob Costas can offer. I really hope people follow through and boycott this show to let NBC know that they made a big mistake forcing Conan out.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  466. Kimbo

    I'm sure Jay is a "nice" guy, but I don't watch TV for that. I find his humor geared toward an older generation. There's nothing fresh about what he does, so he gets boring pretty quickly. I can't imagine many people under the age of 55 or 60 who really enjoy him. NBC needs to remember there are young people with brains who need intelligent programming, not just the same old same old for the people scared of change and innovation!

    March 1, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  467. JC

    I have never watched Letterman, I'm going to give him a chance until coco comes back to TV.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  468. Dimmie

    You know, most of these comments ignore the truth, Conan failed because people didn't like him. The Tonight show went from first to last, that is a fact, Jack!

    It wasn't Jay's falt that people didn't like Conan. It is a matter of dollars and sense. How many of you work for money, yea all of us. So, unfortunately, the affiliates require you to have an audience.

    I feel so sorry for Conan, what did he walk away with $30 million to not work, just go away.

    Dimmie

    March 1, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  469. jeanne

    loser...... why don't you go cry to Oprah again....

    March 1, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  470. Roy

    I used to like Leno and his more dry humor, but HE was the one cancelled due to crappy ratings and pushed Conan out.

    I won't be watching someone with such weak character.

    My sense of humor enjoys both dry and more slapstick style comedy, so I liked Conan as well.

    Leno lost this viewer because Conan really was a class act through the whole ordeal, refusing to change the time slot for the sake of the show.

    I respect Conan a lot for that and will follow him wherever. Heck, I will add HBO to my cable again if he ends up there.

    But, I won't watch Leno out of principle.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  471. Ivan Bear

    Who would want to watch Letterman? It is the same silly show every night, he's not funny.

    I'm a REAL New Yorker happy to have Leno back in prime time. He might be from Boston, but Letterman is from Connecticut.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  472. it_time

    I missed him and I'm thrilled he's back!

    March 1, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  473. Sean Baltz

    Leno is a class act. The hardest working man in show business.
    He always takes the high road. Leno will return to his rightful place of 'The Tonight Show' and once again reign for many years.
    He might even catch Johnny Carson's mark of 30 years on the show.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  474. jim

    Jay who?? I know a Letterman but hazey on this Jay guy.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  475. juggist

    Conan is waaaaay more funnier than lame jay...this is gonna back fire on nbc

    March 1, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  476. Clint

    I won't watch him, no matter who his guests are. I kinda hope he gets clobbered in the ratings.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  477. Stan

    Glad to see Jay back on the Tonight show as I never liked Conan.

    However, I will not watch one second of Palin and wish the media would simply ignore her.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  478. Lamont

    People...people!! Why can't we all just get along?? This is a big country, remember with Ellis Island...opportunity for all. Conan will be fine and so will Jay. Remember the people suffering in Haiti, Chile...these are the folks we should be worried about and trying to lend a hand up. Jay and Conan are both filthy rich and will survive just fine!!

    March 1, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  479. Todd

    Crash and burn, Jay. You were never funny, and now you've been exposed as a conniving jerk. I won't watch - ever.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  480. Higgins

    The more I hear about Leno the more I think he is a bad guy that wants everyone to like him but makes some shady deals behind the scenes. Even when he is caled out on his dirty dealings he claims ignorance.

    Reasons not to watch
    1. He's not very funny on TV
    2. What he did to Letterman
    3. How he ruined Conan's show by killing his lead in audience
    4. How he turned the screws on Conan coming back
    5. His ginormous head just scares me

    March 1, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  481. Kim

    Jay Leno is a CLASS ACT!!!! Conan is for stupid little boys and Letterman is a CREEP.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  482. Tom

    NBC fired him while he was Number one. Whoever made that decision is the one that should be punished. Not Mr Leno.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  483. Mark L

    Co Co Jo Jo besides the fact that you are most likely an NBC publicist you are totally incorrect about people's taste. Conan is far more beloved than Jay ever was even in his prime. Leno will not be forgiven among comedians or true fans of comedy. He's got maybe 2 laugh-less years left. I look forward to seeing Conan on Fox in Sept, with respectable lead-ins this time .

    March 1, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  484. SKS

    @Co Co Jo Jo

    you're hallucinating. every point you made in your post is incorrect.

    Jay is not funny. His humor is old and stale. Conan was popular in TTS slot. People do not prefer Leno. And Leno won't make a comeback.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  485. Villa

    JOIN ME IN THE LENO BOYCOTT. NBC late night will crash and burn.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  486. CLM

    Agree w/last post. Leno is funny and seems genuinely nice. O'Brien not at all funny, though also seems to be a nice guy. Plus, its business. Its about the ratings and advertising revenues.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  487. Guest

    Why was it ok for Conan to go to NBC and demand Leno's job (under threat of leaving the network) but it's not ok for Leno to want it back?

    March 1, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  488. Charlotte

    Give the guy a break. Give him a chance. We gave Nixon a second . chance!

    March 1, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  489. Frank

    Letterman has Bill Murray tonight.

    Tom Hanks tommorow

    Seinfeld on Thursday

    Matt Damon on Friday

    Quite a shot to the Chin!

    Are you seriously gonna way Leno rehash his stale, 10 year old jokes for the mid-west Boomers? Dave's gonna kill tonight

    March 1, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  490. Charlotte

    The g

    March 1, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  491. Arie

    So if someone does not do well at their jobs and their ratings are low and the company is losing money, they should still keep him? they were goign to drop a poor performer no matter what, you blame jay leno as if he had something to do with conan's bad ratings? fact is if cating performed, then nbc would've kept him, bottom line, he didn't, they went back to leno, who I like but some people like to think jay leno had something to do with conan peforming badly? ...

    March 1, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  492. Beverly

    I am excited to have Jay back. Finally some INTELLIGENT late night humor.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  493. Some Guy

    I've got better things to do...like my laundry.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  494. Festus Kiprono

    Jay Leno. My interest in Lenos Tonight Show evaporated when Conan was kicked out.ITS NOT FAIR

    March 1, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  495. Co Co Jo Jo

    Why so much hate. Jay is truly a great guy in person and is much funnier than Coco. Jay's humor is relevant and is almost always mixed with political satire. Problem with Coco is that if he was popular at 11:35, he would have kept his show. NBC wanted Coco to work, but it didn't. People do not like Coco, they much prefer Jay. Jay will kick butt once again at late night and will recapture his top position.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  496. Mani

    Leno sucks, Conan is a million times better. way to screw that one up NBC.

    March 1, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  497. Eve Lynne

    I think he will be fine...he always is. However – I still think NBC made a huge mistake getting rid of Conan! He is awesome......and I am sure his show will beat Jay (when he gets one that is).

    March 1, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  498. Roscoe

    Jay who?

    March 1, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  499. alex

    dont care not watching

    March 1, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  500. ...

    Conan's twitter account will get higher ratings than Leno

    March 1, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  501. not interested

    Leno failed at his stab into prime time and decided he wanted his glory days back at the expense of others and his reputation. The network allowed it because they couldn't see anything but dollar signs. Leno's reputation is besmirched and I for one will not watch "The Tonight Show" as long as he is host and may boycott advertisers who support this level of underhandedness and mendacity.

    March 1, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  502. Sabu

    still won't watch, Leno isn't funny and that is the bottom line

    March 1, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  503. boocat

    I'll dvr Thursday to see Brett Favre...other than that, don't care. Didn't watch him before he moved to 10:00...still sticking with Letterman.

    March 1, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  504. Anon

    Agreed. He'll have ratings because he's got the olympians due to NBC but I give him about a month before his ratings flatline.

    March 1, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  505. Jason

    So lame. His humor is super stale and really only for people over 50. Guess that's the demographic he and NBC want. Ugh.

    March 1, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  506. JD

    I will not watch a single episode of this trainwreck.

    March 1, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  507. tina

    did not like Jay before.... still don't like him.

    will continue to watch Letterman

    March 1, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  508. who cares

    won't watch him even for Ohno and White...

    March 1, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |

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