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Jay Leno in talks for CNBC show

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While Jay Leno has been away from television for less than a year since his The Tonight Show retirement, it seems he may already be itching to return to the NBC Universal family.

As The Hollywood Reporter first reported, Leno is nearing a deal to host his own show on CNBC, which would center on his well-known love of cars. The program would air in primetime rather than returning the comedian to late night, where he spent 22 years of his career.

No specifics have been ironed out for the show, including frequency or an air date, but this would not be Leno’s first car-related project with NBC. His web series Jay’s Garage still posts new episodes on NBC.com, while CNBC aired Jay’s Garage: The Ultimate Car Week over the Labor Day weekend.

CNBC declined to comment on the story. Jay Leno’s representation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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