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Kroft on Leno: ‘They’re Forcing Him Out While He’s a Solid No. 1′

Steve Kroft‘s interview with Jay Leno for “60 Minutes” last night comes 22 years after Kroft’s first interview with the NBC late night host, when Leno took over “The Tonight Show” from Johnny Carson. What’s changed in those 22 years?

“[H]is life has changed very little,” Kroft says. “He’s a creature of habit… he tells jokes, he writes jokes, he goes to his antique car garage, and he watches television with his wife, Mavis.”

“He’s done everything that NBC has asked him to, and they’ve tried to fire him twice,” says Kroft. “And now they’re forcing him out while he’s a solid No. 1.”

Meanwhile, on the “Today” show this morning, Matt Lauer talked with Leno and with Jimmy Fallon, who will be taking over “The Tonight Show” on Feb. 17.

What’s Next for Jay Leno?

jay lenoThe Hollywood Reporter looks at Jay Leno‘s future when his run on “The Tonight Show” comes to an end early next year. CNN’s Jeff Zucker is among the interested parties, THR reports:

Sources tell THR that CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker – who, while running NBCUniversal, famously set in motion Leno’s first ouster from Tonight by promising the show to Conan O’Brien in 2009 — is among those who have approached Leno for a late-night or primetime show on his network. Zucker recently visited briefly with Leno at NBC in Burbank. Also among the 10 or so outlets courting the comic are Tribune, American Idol producer Core Media Group and even former NBC chief Jeff Gaspin. But Leno, 63, and his lone representative, attorney Ken Ziffren, are said to be refusing to entertain offers until the host fulfills his obligation to NBC on Feb. 6

The Ticker: Hoda & Al, Rupert, Team USA

  • Al Roker will host his 17th Rose Bowl Parade on New Year’s Day alongside Hoda Kotb, who will be hosting her first Tournament of Roses parade. NBC’s coverage begins at 11:30amET.  Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will be the Grand Marshal.

  • NBCSN has announced it will be the home of Team USA during the Sochi Winter Games. The network will carry more than 230 hours of competition while MSNBC and CNBC will carry an additional 45 and 36 hours, respectively.

Megyn Kelly: ‘I Care About Protecting My Audience’

Megyn Kelly appeared on “The Tonight Show” yesterday, talking with Jay Leno about her transition from law to television as well as her Fox News primetime show. “I don’t care about pandering to the left or the right, I care about protecting my audience,” Kelly said. “My boss, Roger Ailes, pays me a decent amount of money to go out there and ask questions, because he thinks that I know the questions my audience wants answers to.” Watch:

How Savannah Guthrie Really Feels When Matt Lauer Makes a Mistake

After eating chicken heart on the “Today” show yesterday morning, Savannah Guthrie flew out to Los Angeles for an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Guthrie told a funny story about a recent mistake Matt Lauer made, calling it “the greatest moment of my life.”

“Matt is such a maestro at the job, when he makes a mistake … oh boy, do I drag it out!” she told Leno. Watch:

Jay Leno’s Interview With President Obama Becomes Big News

President Obama has not spoken at length publicly about the NSA leaks and Edward Snowden. He hasn’t spoken at all about the worldwide terror advisory the State Department put in place before the weekend.

Given that, it isn’t a total surprise that “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno‘s interview with him last night is big news this morning, garnering frequent coverage on cable news and having clips featured near the top of the network morning shows.

The interview was also something of a swan song for Leno, who will be leaving the “Tonight Show” desk for good early next year. It will likely be his last interview with the President.

Watch a few excerpts from the interview below.


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Matt Lauer, David Gregory, Al Roker Get Down To Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’

During his appearance on “The Tonight Show” last week, NBC “Today” anchor Matt Lauer told Jay Leno:

“I made a vow years ago, Bryant Gumbel told me, ‘Don’t sing and don’t dance on the show.’”

Friday, he broke that vow.

Lauer, along with “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory in Washington and Al Roker in Kentucky, got down to Psy’s YouTube hit “Gangnam Style.” Things will never be the same.

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Matt Lauer: ‘It has been an interesting year…’

NBC “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer was on “The Tonight Show” last night, and Jay Leno asked him about the negative press he has seen over the last year or so.

“It has been an interesting year, no question about it” Lauer said. “I am not a guy who complains, I am the luckiest, guy, I love this job, I really do.”

He also talked about Kathie Lee Gifford‘s letter from “Today” staff.

NBC’s Jimmy Fallon To Take Over For Jay Leno Next Year

No doubt spurred on in part by ABC’s decision to move Jimmy Kimmel into the 11:35 PM slot, NBC is changing up its own late-night lineup, having Jimmy Fallon replace Jay Leno as the host of “The Tonight Show next year, tied to the 2014 Winter Olympics. The change will happen next Spring, with lots of promotion during the games in Sochi, Russia.

In addition, NBC confirms that “The Tonight Show” will move from Burbank, California to NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza headquarters in New York. NBC is building out a new studio for Fallon, in the same space that once held the original ”Tonight Show” studio, when it was hosted by Steve Allen.

“Jay Leno is an entertainment icon, making millions of people laugh every weeknight for more than 20 years,” said Steve Burke, the CEO of NBCUniversal in a statement. “His long reign as the highest-rated late-night host is a testament to his work ethic and dedication to his viewers and to NBC.

“Congratulations Jimmy. I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to The Job until you’re the old guy,” says Leno in a statement. “If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.”

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Michael Wolff: ‘Fire Steve Burke’

Michael Wolff makes the case that “someone at NBC should be fired” over the ongoing talent sagas at both “Today” and “Tonight,” which have largely played out in the press. Wolff writes in USA Today that NBC Universal’s Steve Burke, who “wasn’t a network television guy” when he took over as CEO, has “has found himself in the middle of an old-fashioned network drama — and losing control of the plot”:

But television is a business all about the “talent.” And the talent must be massaged and handled and finessed. Directness is not necessarily a virtue. Beating around the bush is the skill — that is, wheeling and dealing and talking from both sides of your mouth. Or, if necessary, sometimes a dead-of-night attack will do. But the drawn-out considerations of men with no apparent human feelings, or at least not tact and charm, isn’t how you get by in television and avoid the firestorm of press and gossip that will ultimately make your decisions for you.

This is what people are starting to say: Maybe even GE was a better owner of NBC than Comcast.

And, don’t fire [Jay] Leno or [Matt] Lauer. Fire Steve Burke.

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