Yesterday at a press conference, NBC announced that Jay Leno’s last night at the tonight show would be May 29th. Leno crashed the event in disguise with a mustache and bald cap and grilled NBC’s Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff with questions
JAY LENO: When is Leno’s last show?
MARC GRABOFF: Well, I figure we’ll get right to that. OK. Jay’s last show will be May 29, 2009. That’s a Friday. And Conan’s first show as host of THE TONIGHT SHOW will be on June 1, 2009 – the next Monday night.
LENO: Will Leno be paid for the rest of the year?
GRABOFF: Yeah, sure. Sure.
LENO: Now, Brett Favre retired and then wanted to come back, and the Packers said no. What do you make of that?
BEN SILVERMAN: Well, everyone’s entitled to change their mind, but I would imagine that puts management in a possible situation.
LENO: Let me ask you something. Do you think what Jimmy Kimmel did – the four-time Emmy-nominated Jimmy Kimmel – do you think it was kind of cheesy coming in disguise and harassing you reporters?
SILVERMAN: You know, I can’t imagine anyone stooping to that level.
LENO: I know Leno got a nomination for his website GARAGE, but none for THE TONIGHT SHOW. Do you think people like him better as a mechanic than a talk show host?
GRABOFF: He’s equally skilled at both.
LENO: Is it true that you offered Leno a fifth hour on the TODAY show?
GRABOFF: That’s a great idea actually.
SILVERMAN: Would that work?
LENO: No, it’s a crappy idea. [beat] I know you brought back KNIGHT RIDER. Any chance MANIMAL will be coming back?
SILVERMAN: We’re negotiating for AIR WOLF and MANIMAL’s original creator will not share the rights with us.
LENO: Alright. Thank you.