Following the announcement that Jay Leno will remain with NBC when his “Tonight Show” hosting duties come to an end in 2009, Leno will chat with Access Hollywood about the decision to stay with the network.
The interview, which will air on Tuesday’s Access Hollywood, is only one of two interviews Leno is giving in the wake of the announcement. “NBC Nightly News” will have the other interview with the comedian.
On Tuesday, NBC confirmed the news (first reported by The New York Times on Monday) that Leno would head a 10 PM comedy/talk show, five nights a week, after Conan O’Brien takes over hosting “The Tonight Show” in 2009.
“Jay has played a major role in defining NBC’s brand of high-quality entertainment,” said NBC Co-Chairman Ben Silverman. “The 10 o’clock hour will bring Jay a whole new audience and provide a great lead-in both for our local affiliates and for Conan O’Brien, the next great host of The Tonight Show.”
Leno will sign off as host of “The Tonight Show” on May 29, 2009. His new show will showcase many of the features that have become staples on his show, including his opening monologue and well-known comedy segments “Headlines,” “Jaywalking” and “Battle of the Jaywalking All-Stars.”
As previously announced, Conan O’Brien will take over The Tonight Show hosting duties on June 1, 2009.
To hear what Leno has to say about the big news, stay connected to AccessHollywood.com throughout the day and tune in to Tuesday’s Access Hollywood.
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