NBC has confirmed that "The Jay Leno
NBC Universal TV chairman Jeff Gaspin confirmed that the network is going back to scripted programming at 10pm and talk shows in late night.
"I can confirm that starting Feb. 12, Jay
If agreed upon, Leno would do a half-hour show before O'Brien's hour-long "Tonight
Gaspin added that NBC abandoned its 52-week strategy with Leno due to affiliate concerns. "This was not an issue for the network; it was an issue for our affiliates. We were making money at 10 p.m. I think over time [Leno show ratings] might have started to grow. For the network, it was not yet a wrong decision.
"Affiliates started calling, saying local news was being impacted more than expected. In some cases, they had the No. 1 news show and now they were No. 3."
The hosts have the weekend to think about the proposed changes.