The chin is in
It's official: Conan's out and Jay has his old job back
TMZ is reporting that Jay Leno and NBC renegotiated his contract, and he will return to hosting the Tonight Show (10:35-11:35 p.m. here in Houston).
As reported earlier this week, the network wanted to keep Conan O'Brien on the air but delay his show by a half-hour to air an abbreviated version of The Jay Leno Show. O'Brien made it clear there was no longer room for both hosts in NBC late night when he released a statement saying in part "I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 (Eastern time) simply isn't the Tonight Show."
This means Conan O'Brien is officially out at NBC, where he was worked for 17 years. His last night at the Tonight Show will be Jan. 22. Though O'Brien said in his statement he had no plans to move to another network, rumors are swirling that Fox and ABC might be waiting in the wings.