Leno keeps the NBC jokes coming
March 22nd, 2013
10:16 AM ET

Leno keeps the NBC jokes coming

Jay Leno's been taking hits at NBC all week, but it wasn't until Thursday's "Tonight Show" that he made a direct reference to his employer's reported intent to replace him.

Right at the start of his opening monologue, Leno threw out a March Madness quip:

"You all excited about March madness?" the comedian asked his audience. "People talk about who's in, who's out, who's going to be eliminated ... and that's just here at NBC!"

On the heels of Wednesday's news that "Late Night's" Jimmy Fallon may be poised to take over "Tonight" by the fall of 2014, at the latest, Leno kept a positive spin on the attention.

"I have never been in the paper this much," he told his audience Thursday. "It's fantastic."

The industry is indeed still closely watching Leno, as new reports have surfaced that the long-time "Tonight Show" host had dinner with NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt on Thursday.

The two had reportedly exchanged terse words over Leno's repeated ribbing of NBC's low ratings. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson for the network confirmed their outing, although it was described as a run-of-the-mill meeting.

In New York, the city's Daily News is looking at another side to the story: "The Tonight Show's" potential move back to the Big Apple from Burbank, California.

The NYDN reports that there's a provision in the tentative state budget that would make state tax credits available for producers of a "talk or variety program that filmed at least five seasons outside the state prior to its first relocated season in New York." ("The Tonight Show" moved out to California in 1972.)

The budget documents the paper cites also reportedly say that the program's episodes must be taped in front of a studio audience of at least 200 people, and the show must have an "annual production budget of at least $30 million, or incur at least $10 million a year in capital expenses."

Yet an aide of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told the New York Daily News that the provision wasn't written for "The Tonight Show."

“This is simply part of our ongoing effort to attract more entertainment to the state and more economic activity,” the aide said.

Filed under: Celebrities • Late Night comedy • television

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  1. Tomas

    So.... We've come full circle and NBC is doing to Leno, and I am surely not one to miss him. There was only one great host of the Tonight Show and that was Johnny Carson. I still miss him after all these years. David Letterman to me is the next best thing... no one can ever replace Johnny Carson. The only thing big in Leno is his chin, and certainly not his humility.

    March 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Somebody just hacked in...


    March 23, 2013 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Non-Racist

    I'm pretty sure he's interviewing Chris Paul in the photo. He's a point guard in the NBA.

    March 23, 2013 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
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    March 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Billy Rae

    I might go to the store later on. I'm outta chewin tobacco.

    March 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Evel Knievel

    Good to see Leno joking with the NBC janitor.

    March 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobgirl

    Who is that black man–never saw him before in my life

    March 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff

    That really old guy with the white hair looks like he might want to smooch with the other fella. Are they a couple? They do look cute together.

    March 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Billy Rae

    Who's that colored in the picture? You know they didn't used to let them on the TV. Them was the good ol days.

    March 22, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |

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