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Although Jimmy Fallon is soon taking over The Tonight Show, Jay Leno isn’t ready to completely give up the spotlight. The comedian has done several interviews recently, including a 60 Minutes interview, which aired last night.
During his 60 Minutes interview, Leno talked about the last time he left the Tonight Show, during the infamous debacle with Conan O’Brien. According to Mediate, Leno said that he didn’t have anything to do with that situation, which ended with him getting back the Tonight Show. He said he wasn’t aware that NBC planned on bringing him back.
However, this time, Leno appears to be going out on his own terms. He is ready to hand over the reins to Fallon. He’s not sure what’s next, but he told TV Guide that it is definitely not another late night show.
“I've been passing on a lot of things because I don't want to do another version of this. I don't want to do the Tonight Show somewhere else, when the Tonight Show name is over here,” Leno explained. I might do something; I just don't want to do this.”
He made similar comments in other interviews, including one with the Hollywood Reporter.
One option for Leno might be The History Channel. He joked with 60 Minutes that he might like to do a show on the network, but it is not in the works. “We're big fans of Jay, and we think he would really be complementary to our audience,” a rep for History told THR.
Leno hosted the Tonight Show for 22 years and is still No. 1 in the ratings. Fallon takes over next month.