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January 19, 2010 | By Meg James
After days of being portrayed as the bad guy, Jay Leno came out swinging on his show Monday and provided a detailed chronology of NBC's bumbling behind-the-scenes maneuvers that sparked the talk-show host tug-of-war engulfing the network. In an unusual departure from his typical banter, Leno described how NBC several years ago concocted a plan to push him out while he was still No. 1. He said he was skeptical that NBC's solution of a prime-time show would work. It "didn't seem like a good idea at the time," he said, though he ultimately went along.
January 28, 2010
The Early Show Beyoncé. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Julianne Moore; Chuck Nice serves as guest host; Steve Ward. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America State of the Union reaction; author Henry Louis Gates Jr. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Live With Regis and Kelly Jeff Probst; Julianne Moore. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Tim Hasselbeck. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors The accuracy of at-home tests for urinary tract infections and male fertility.
May 17, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson visited Jay Leno on the "Tonight Show" on Thursday night to promote his upcoming book "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success. " Jackson described his brief flirtation with returning to the Lakers early in the season. "They fired the coach, Mike Brown," said Jackson.  "I had no idea they were going to come after me, but Jeanie [Buss] comes home and she says, 'Will you talk to my brother. '" Jim Buss runs the Lakers' basketball operations department while his sister Jeanie, also Jackson's fiancee, is in charge of the team's business operations.
February 4, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
One more week to go under the Jay Leno regime on "The Tonight Show" and the new guy, Jimmy Fallon, hopped a cross-country flight to pay his respects at the show's soon-to-be-former Burbank home. Despite the apparent awkwardness of Leno - who would rather continue hosting the show if he had a say - chatting with the man who took his job, it seemed Fallon and Leno got along well enough. Though Leno couldn't help but get in a few digs at his boyish successor. Leno started the digs early in his monologue, telling the crowd, "He isn't here to talk.
January 31, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
As "The Tonight Show" moves from its longtime Burbank home to New York City, where it originally debuted, 164 staffers will be laid off, an NBC spokesman confirmed on Friday. The layoffs, which were first reported in the Burbank Leader, involve primarily production-based jobs and were not a surprise. Last May, NBC announced that Leno would leave "The Tonight Show" after 22 years (minus a few months when Conan O'Brien hosted) and be replaced by the New York-based Jimmy Fallon. The week leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics was picked to be Leno's final week on the show.
February 26, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Jimmy Fallon has learned a valuable lesson in Week Two of his "Tonight Show" run: Never ever challenge Paul Rudd to a lip sync contest unless you're prepared to go all out. On Tuesday night's show, Rudd and Fallon had "Tonight's" first such contest. The rules were simple: two songs were selected. Neither competitor knew what the other picked. And the winner was the person who lip synced the best. As a guest on the show, Rudd had the honor of going first, and his selection was Tina Turner's "You Better Be Good to Me. " Rudd gave an impressive showing, but Fallon would not be outdone.
February 17, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Heeeere's Jimmy! Jimmy Fallon made his debut Monday as the new host of "The Tonight Show" in an inaugural broadcast that was heavy on star power and sought to capitalize on the franchise's new digs in New York City after 42 years on the West Coast. "It's a historic day. There's nothing better than being here as 'The Tonight Show' returns to 30 Rock," said Adam Bloom, 38, of New York, as he waited in line to attend the new show's very first taping at NBC's headquarters in midtown Manhattan.  PHOTOS: Jimmy Fallon's debut on 'The Tonight Show' History loomed large throughout the broadcast, which opened with a sequence directed by Spike Lee featuring Fallon at famous New York landmarks.
January 8, 2010 | By Joe Flint
Jay Leno, the former king of late-night television who was pushed out as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" last year and then struggled in his new prime-time slot, is in talks to return to 11:30 p.m. Conan O'Brien, who succeeded Leno, would either go back to following Leno or leave the network. The reshuffle could happen as soon as March, after NBC finishes airing the 2010 Winter Olympics, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity. Although Leno is on board with the plan, O'Brien has not yet signed on and that needs to be resolved before the network can make it official, sources said.
February 21, 1996
The wanna-be comedian whose day job happens to be mayor of Los Angeles has landed a guest shot on the top-rated "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno. Mayor Richard Riordan, whose love of telling jokes has occasionally landed him in political hot water, will get to polish his technique and boost his national profile tonight. L.A.'s biggest booster will be in Burbank this afternoon for the segment's taping at NBC studios. The program airs at 11:30 p.m.
August 19, 2012 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
"Tonight Show" host Jay Leno is taking a significant reduction in pay and roughly two dozen staffers are being let go as part of a major budget restructuring at the late-night talk show. Although"The Tonight Show"remains the top-rated late-night program, from a financial standpoint it is only break-even, according to a person familiar with the show's economics. One reason is that its production budget was not reduced when Leno returned to late night after his ill-fated stint in prime time during the 2009-10 television season.
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