Only to move him to 11:30 and snub Conan?
From the New York Post:
Network Chairman Jeff Gaspin confirmed that he was pushing a new late-night arrangement: Leno at 11:35 p.m., hosting a half-hour show, and Conan at 12:05 a.m. hosting the one-hour “The Tonight Show.”
“My goal is to keep Jay, Conan and Jimmy as our late-night lineup,” Gaspin said.
He characterized the plan as a “compromise” that gives Leno what he wants — his old time slot back — and lets Conan keep the title of “Tonight Show” host.
Two questions here:
- Why is NBC still trying to give Jay Leno “what he wants”?
- Who is Jeff Gaspin and why does he hate us?
We’ll explore these issues in further detail tomorrow in our long-delayed, much-anticipated “2009: The Year in TV” post!
UPDATE: Conan says thanks but no thanks on a move to 12:05.