NBC confirmed Sunday that Jay Leno's last show in primetime will be on Feb. 11, the day before the nwtwork starts airing the Winter Olympics in the 10 p.m. slot. Jeff Gaspin, the chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, said the plan is to air Leno at 11:35 and Conan O'Brien a half-hour later, but he acknowledged that O'Brien isn't exactly on board yet. From the NYT:
The hardest talks over the weekend were probably taking place inside Mr. O’Brien’s camp, which is facing three options: stay, even though the show’s staff feels increasingly unwanted at NBC; look for an offer elsewhere, most likely the Fox network, which has let out broad hints that it would be interested in starting its own late-night franchise with Mr. O’Brien; or walk away and get into a probable legal battle over whether NBC breached Mr. O’Brien’s contract by making this change.
So far, Mr. O’Brien and his representatives have steered clear of commenting on their plans. But one issue that will be at the center of any negotiation over the host’s future is whether his contract is still valid because NBC will still call his program “The Tonight Show.”