While Adam Sandler was visiting Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show," he threw out a suggestion for how the late night host should handle his upcoming retirement from NBC.
Jimmy Fallon is set to take over "The Tonight Show" in early 2014, with Seth Meyers stepping into "Late Night." But where does that leave Leno?
“You’re thinking about relaxing, and I have a good idea for what you should do," Sandler said. He then turned to the audience and asked, "Don’t you think he should just take it easy, enjoy, breathe. Maybe go to Fox. Do a show at 11:00?”
The audience cheered approvingly, but all Leno could say was, "Thanks for stirring the pot. I appreciate that.”
Deadline said that while Sandler's idea sounds good, there are complications. "The problem is that Fox would have to get clearance for any late-night show from the affiliates who get to keep all the ad revenue from their late local news," Dominic Patton wrote. "Fox then might have to compensate them for any lost revenue. In other words, it’s complicated.”
And there's another thing to consider. Arsenio Hall has already staked a claim on many of those stations at 11 p.m. ET with his new syndicated show, launching this fall. But then, a lot can happen between now and the Winter Olympics, when the change is supposed to happen on NBC.
Until then, Jay Leno remains at "The Tonight Show," weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.
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