Jay Leno Is Officially Back As 'Tonight Show' Host

Jay Leno is comparing his last nine months to Dorothy's wild dream in "The Wizard of Oz."

That was the theme of a skit during his first show back last night in his old time slot.

Leno returned nine months after giving the "Tonight Show" to Conan O'Brien. Leno's prime time effort tanked and NBC bought out O'Brien. Leno's return came just 19 days after his prime-time show was canceled.

His comeback means the ratings fight with CBS's David Letterman will continue. There's speculation that O'Brien may rejoin the battle, possibly at Fox.


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  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Mar 6, 2010 at 03:31 AM
    Disappointment said it all. Conan was at least worth watching (albeit sometimes with tired humor). I've now "Officially Quit Watching" late night on NBC. I use to stay awake late enough sometimes to catch Poker After Dark... but now, by that time...I'm fast asleep! Maybe it's a good thing. I lost my respect for Leno, too. You can see in his eyes, he knows he made a power play to oust Conan. Didn't Leno retire? Whats up with that? $$$ ? I guess there were a few more cars he wanted in his collection. His Vegas act must not be enough income to pay for the gas he uses. Hollywood...what a great place it must be.
  • by disappointment on Mar 5, 2010 at 12:33 PM
    leno was never funny. conan isn't a whole show worth of funny. letterman stopped being funny when i emerged from puberty 20 years ago. i had hope for fallon. it didn't pan out. i'm usually too bleary eyed to decipher ferguson and i've never watched kimmel. no matter...funny or not...what leno & the network did to conan is unforgivable. dangle the carrot for 9 years, let him have it for 7 mos, then take it away to pacify some ancient has-been that's about as funny as a rubber chicken. for that reason alone, i will NEVER AGAIN watch the tonight show.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2010 at 03:01 PM
    I loved watching Jay before he switched to primetime, but last night wasnt too terribly impressive to me. I always liked watching Conan on late night, and I enjoyed him on "Tonight" was well. As for Fallon, meh. Letterman always seems to have lame jokes, and the only thing that makes his show worthwhile are some of his musical guests, and the Top 10 List. Ferguson, on the other hand, is pretty funny at times. Lastly, you have Kimmel, who I enjoy (but always forget to watch). Thats a funny guy.
  • by betty Location: cortland on Mar 2, 2010 at 01:03 PM
    he's not even worth making a comment.
  • by home boy on Mar 2, 2010 at 12:57 PM
    I think he's great and glad to see him back in the slot
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Mar 2, 2010 at 08:35 AM
    Both Jay and Conan are not funny. David Letterman is the man.
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Mar 2, 2010 at 08:12 AM
    Dunno if ya'll remember, but...Jay Leno RETIRED a while back....but then he reconsidered. Money...Money...Money. I can't wait for Conan to get back on the air. (I've stopped watching late night talk shows now. Jimmy Falon is lame! Letterman is OLD! Jimmy Kimmel was never funny. Arsenio Hall was a better show. NBC screwed up on this move.
  • by phil on Mar 2, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    Who cares? He is a jerk anyway. To much money and to many cars. He thinks he is something. Someone needs to knock him down a peg or two. He use to be funny but now he is just a jerk.
  • by Gvegas24 Location: Greenville, NC on Mar 2, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    Can't wait for Conan to come back. He is such a class act and will crush Leno in the ratings when and wherever he comes back. Leno should of took it for what it was and just retired. In the meantime, I'll stick with Dave!
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