Originally Posted by macro
And return Jay back to hosting The Tonight Show? I just don't see that happening. I think the "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" ship has sailed.
Exactly. I'm not saying it's right. Lord knows Leno had his problems when he first started and there were some execs at NBC who were ready to pull the plug on him. But he survived and eventually thrived. The easy solution - if they percieve there's a problem - is that they boot Conan and pay him off then drop Leno back into his old spot. He's a known quantity and he's more mainstream than Conan. The thing you need to know about Leno is that he craves work. When he did stand up he was on the road nearly every night in one club or another. He certainly didn't take a lot of vacations when he was on the Tonight Show. If they cancel his show, he isn't going to be happy to just get paid off.