Jay Leno is leaving “The Tonight Show” after hosting it since 1992 and it makes no sense for NBC to dump Jay in favor of the flavorless — and frankly bland and unentertaining — Conan O’Brien.
We confess Jay is a terrible host and an awful interviewer, but we’ve come to expect that sort of hapless and haphazard hosting in American late night television. We like Jay’s good nature and his happy facade.
The reason for Jay’s undoing is that NBC wants to keep and preserve their Crypt Keeper — in the creepy skin of O’Brien — to win back younger viewers.
To cover their bet against O’Brien’s failure, NBC is giving Jay his own show at 10pm five days a week.
We hope Jay will nab all the big superstars for his show and leave only leftovers for O’Brien and crew to chew on with this craggy jaw and crinkly, humorless, face.