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Jay Leno: NBC only cancels No. 1 ranked shows

The day word got out that NBC may throw in the towel on Program To Margin campaign that involved yanking the No. 1 rated late night talk show host Jay Leno from "The Tonight Show" and slapping him into a cheap Monday-Friday 10 p.m. talk show, Leno addressed the news head on in his primetime show's opening monologue:

AS YOU MAY HAVE HEARD, THERE IS A RUMOR FLOATING AROUND THAT WE WERE CANCELED. I HEARD IT COMING IN THIS MORNING ON THE RADIO. SO FAR NO ONE HAS SAID ANYTHING TO ME. BUT KEV, IF WE DID GET CANCELED IT WILL GIVE US TIME TO DO SOME TRAVELING. I UNDERSTAND THAT FOX IS BEAUTIFUL THIS TIME OF YEAR.

I DON'T THINK THERE IS ANY TRUTH TO THE RUMORS. SEE, IT'S ALWAYS BEEN MY EXPERIENCE THAT NBC ONLY CANCELS YOU WHEN YOU'RE IN FIRST PLACE. SO WE ARE FINE. WE ARE OK.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  January 8, 2010; 2:20 AM ET
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Comments

WOW! I had no idea NBC is still in business and broadcasting?

Don't tell me they are still pouring money down the drain paying MSNBC employees???

Posted by: cibor | January 8, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Uhh, yeah they are cibor, since MSNBC is making money. Just saying. Heck, NBC itself is making money, just not as much as before.

Posted by: EricS2 | January 8, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Isn't there any talk show talent out there at ALL? Leno and Letterman are stale and never were that great, but Conan is an absolute pencilneck. Just one good talk show host would totally clean up.

Posted by: kls1 | January 8, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Actually I must say, I find Fallon's show funny more often than not these days. They've got a pretty good gig going over there now that they've weeded out alot of the drivel that wasn't really working. (Like 7th floor West(?) )

Posted by: shapeshifter77 | January 8, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Cancel Leno and Conan. NBC was stupid to use the 10pm slot with Leno.

Posted by: shadowshopper1981 | January 8, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Ouch!

Posted by: andrewgerst@hotmail.com | January 8, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

top ten things to air instead of Leno:
10 Colon Cleanser infomericals
9 Babe Winkelman's Good Fishing
8 Test Patterns
7 Finland Calling http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/on_wluc/content.aspx?id=98181
6 Canadian Crime Dramas
5 60 Minutes... of viral hamster videos and LOL cats
4 Marie Osmond's Artists' Heirloom Doll Collection
3 Bachelors On Conveyor Belts
2 Best of Carson
1 Spongebob Squarepants

Posted by: molsonmich | January 8, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

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