05/21/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

NBC Exec Admits Leno Likely Off Network After Conan Takes Over: "It's A Reach"

After a news conference on Monday introducing Jimmy Fallon as the next host of the 12:35 a.m. "Late Night" series, Ben Silverman, the co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, acknowledged that the changing late-night landscape at the network would probably mean that Jay Leno would leave it.

Asked about the prospect that NBC would be able to keep Mr. Leno after his contract expires in January 2010, with Conan O'Brien having taken over his spot on the "Tonight" show, Mr. Silverman said NBC was going to do everything it could to find something that would induce Mr. Leno to stay but that it was unlikely that it would succeed. "I think it's a reach," Mr. Silverman said.

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