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NBC Says Jay Leno Will Stay Put, But At What Time Slot?

If you follow TV-related news, you've probably seen several stories about the future of Jay Leno's 10 o'clock show in just the past few hours.

 First, there was this radio interview with Scott Jones of the website, claiming NBC was pulling the plug on the struggling show. 

 In response, NBC issued a statement saying it was still behind Leno, and was committed to improving the show's ratings for its affiliates, which were losing viewers for the local newscasts which aired following Leno.

 That was this morning. At 3:50 this afternoon, TMZ -- citing, like the FTL story, anonymous sources -- reported that Leno would move back to his old 11:35 p.m. time slot following the Winter Olympics. The only question, according to the TMZ story, is whether NBC would give Leno a half-hour show, followed by the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, or just can Conan altogether. 

 A few hours later, the New York Times posted a story by TV reporter Bill Carter confirming that NBC has had discussions with Conan and Leno about their timeslots. The story also says NBC executives did not deny moving Leno to the 11:35 slot.

 That's all in the span of less than 12 hours. Who knows what the next 12 will bring?

 Update: Now the New York Times is saying that NBC wants to keep Conan, with his show starting at midnight.



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