Naturally, when Jay Leno first publicly addressed his forthcoming move to prime time on The Tonight Show last night, he made a big ol’ joke out it — and largely at the expense of network-he’s-not-leaving NBC. To kick things off, the comedian joked that he was “shocked that NBC still had a prime time.” Right on, especially now! That’s the truly funny thing about comedians — they usually say the things we’re all thinking but can’t quite put our finger on. The reality of that statement — see ya never, Lipstick Jungle and My Own Worst Enemy! — is scary.
He continued by biting the hand that feeds him: “We’ll start at 10 p.m., right after the last hour of the Today show.” Ouch. Taking down morning news and prime time in the same hour? This is clearly coming from a man who now basically owns NBC. Move over, Trump!
The only thing that was devoid from the whole chatter was any sort of details about what we can expect from this new incarnation. “We’re gonna be primetime. We gotta clean up a little bit,” Leno added, joking that he’ll be 20 pounds lighter and band-leader Kevin will have hair. You can watch a highlight reel here:
But really, Jay, I’m ready for some juice about what your new non-Tonight Show show will entail. Rosie Live-esque prize giveaways? Recycled guests from Today? Just a load more “Jaywalking”? I’m gonna lob this conversation over to you, PopWatchers: What would you like to see on Jay’s new show? Are you looking for a total format shake-up or do you want Jay’s same ol’ schtick? What advice do you have for him? And most importantly: Will you watch?