When Jay Leno is on the road doing stand-up shows he says he is frequently stopped by fans who wish his television show was on earlier.
Next fall, fans of "The Tonight Show" will be getting their wish when he will be moving to 10 p.m. weeknights on Channel 2 and other NBC affiliates.
During a conference call with television critics this afternoon to announce "The Jay Leno Show," Leno was upbeat about his move to prime time three months after Conan O'Brien gets the coveted 11:35 p.m. "Tonight Show" slot.
The cost-saving move comes at a time that ratings for more expensive, new scripted dramas are tanking, which is one large reason that it makes sense for NBC.
During the call, Leno said he would continue to do a nightly monologue and continue other elements of "The Tonight Show" but also would take the show out on the street more.
Naturally, he had several one-liners that came at the expense of NBC and himself.
Asked about reports last summer than he might be heading to ABC, Leno cracked: "That was startled by a disgruntled employee -- me."
Asked about the 10 p.m. start, Leno said: "I will be on right after the last hour of the new 'Today' show."
What do you think of Leno's fall move to 10 p.m.? Will you watch his new show more because it will be on 95 minutes before "The Tonight Show"?
For more on this story, read Wednesday's Buffalo News.
-- Alan Pergament