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Jay Leno Gives His Side of the Late-Night Drama

UPDATE: You can now watch the video of his statement.

After taking a brutal beating from the public, fellow celebrities and Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno decided it was time to set the record straight.

Why hasn’t Leno walked away from the network? What does he think about the stupid time changes? How does Jay currently feel about Conan O’Brien?

You can read his full statement from Monday’s Jay Leno Show broadcast after the jump.

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Friday Ratings: CBS Channels the Viewers

CBS did what CBS normally does on a Friday night: win. The network, thanks to its strong drama lineup, took both the viewers and the demos this weekend.

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Thursday Ratings: Grey’s Stunt Works for ABC

If this continues, ABC may do crossover stunts every week. Last night’s two-hour event between Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice gave ABC an easy win in the demos. Meanwhile, CBS, with its crime block, came ahead with the viewers.

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Awkward TV: Jimmy Kimmel Embarrasses Jay on Leno’s Own Show

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Comedy, Prime Time, Talk Shows, NBC, Video,

Want to know why is being canceled? Because viewers are laughing at Jay, not with Jay.

Even though Jimmy Kimmel devoted Tuesday’s show to mocking Jay Leno, he somehow scored an invite to appear (remotely) on The Jay Leno Show last night. Was it because Jay knows how to laugh at himself? (He does…only when he’s making the jokes.) Was it because Jay thought he could somehow turn the tables on Kimmel? (I can’t tell if he tried.) Was it because he thought his ABC competitor would say sorry? (Jimmy doesn’t know how to apologize to men with “$800 million.” He only knows how to make them feel even worse.)

Watch the awkwardness kick in around the 2:45 mark.

(Make sure to check out our other Awkward TV moments.)

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NBC Lays Out Post-Leno Schedule

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Drama, Prime Time, Reality, NBC,

Law & Order: SVUAlthough it’s still unclear exactly when Conan O’Brien will finally depart The Tonight Show (it’s believed his last day will be January 22), we do know what will air in place of Jay Leno’s soon-to-be-old time slot.

As NBC Universal TV chairman Jeff Gaspin stated earlier, the network will not be introducing five new dramas to that time period. Instead, the network has basically reshuffled programs already placed on their midseason schedule.

Starting Monday, March 1, these are the shows that will air at 10:00: (a move from Friday time slot), Parenthood, Law & Order: SVU (originals will move to later time slot), The Marriage Ref and Dateline NBC.

(To get a look at TV Envy’s Midseason Programming Schedule, click here.)

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Wednesday Ratings: No Mercy for Idol Competition

Despite being down 3.5 million from its Tuesday debut, American Idol was still strong enough to blow away the competition.

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NBC’s Sinking Ship: Is Jay Leno Bailing, Too?


According to unnamed sources cited by Popeater, is none too pleased with NBC and their future plans for The Tonight Show.

The source says Jay is furious with being made to look like “the bad guy” in all the hubbub. Frankly, I don’t think he does. made it pretty clear that NBC is, in fact, “the bad guy.”

It’s not hard to believe that Leno might want to leave the network that’s so willing to shun O’Brien after giving him only seven months in his new job.

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Tuesday Ratings: American Idol Back on Top

Were they simply curious to see life on Idol post-Paula Abdul? Were they hoping to get their Simon Cowell fix? Were they dying to see Victoria Beckham crack a smile? Whatever the reason, fans turned out in droves for the premiere of American Idol. The show easily dominated the competition and had its best-rated debut since 2007.

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  • (11.8/29 in 18-49) had 29.9 million sucked in.
  • Approximately 20.7 million watched the 150th episode of (4.3/11).
  • (8.1 million, 3.2/8) slimmed down by 3.6 million.
  • * (0.8/2) scrapped up 2.6 million.
  • (2.2 milion, 0.8/2) lost 800,000.
  • * (0.3/1) nailed down 770,500.

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VIDEO: Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Jay Leno

And here I thought Jay Leno and were friends.

Many viewers were probably a bit confused last night when they stayed up late to watch right after Nightline. Did they accidentally switch channels to NBC? Did their clocks go back an hour? No - that wasn’t Jay Leno they were seeing. That was actually Kimmel fronting his own show - the entire show - while dressed as his competitor.

“Hello, hello, my name is ...and let it hereby be known that I’m taking over all the shows in late night, beginning with this one,” the faux NBC host explained.

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Monday Ratings: Big Bang Theory Gets Bigger

CBS’ comedy lineup returned in fine form last night. The 100th episode of HIMYM - coupled with strong outings in the 9:00 hour - gave the network wins in both the viewers and the demos yesterday.

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