He had 5 yrs to be blindsided!


Talk-show host Jay Leno is, well, talking about losing The Tonight Show not once, but twice now.

On Sunday’s edition of 60 Minutes, Leno recalls how it felt when he initially learned back in 2004 that NBC would be replacing him as host of the popular late-night program with Conan O’Brien in 2009.

“I was blindsided,” he tells Steve Kroft

Of course, as we all know, O’Brien’s stint was short-lived, and Leno found himself back behind the desk.

Now, Leno is once again waiting on his departure, with Jimmy Fallon scheduled to take over the show.

“It’s not my decision and I think I probably would have stayed if we didn’t have an extremely qualified, young guy ready to jump in,” he says. “[Jimmy Fallon] is probably more like a young Johnny [Carson] than almost anybody since. And he’s really good.”

Leno adds, “So you go with the new guy. Makes perfect sense to me.”

Leno knew in 2004 and so did I and everyone else, that Conan was taking over in 2009. That’s what you call “Blindsided?”

Posted on February 4, 2014, in TV and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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