Late-Night Shakeup: Jay Leno Jokes About 'Knife in His Back'
Jay Leno took the "Tonight Show" stage on Friday ready to fire off more zingers at NBC. The late-night host continued to have some fun at the network's expense after a week of rumors claiming Jimmy Fallon will take his place in 2014.
During the monologue he joked, “Doctors in Canada were shocked after pulling a three-inch knife blade from the back of a 32-year old man. The knife had been in there for three years! Imagine that, the guy had a knife in his back for three years. He must’ve worked at NBC too. I was stunned by that.”
Later he addressed rumors that he had dinner with NBC execs on Thursday night, saying, “Have you heard about this alleged feud that I’m having with NBC? I think it’s going to be OK. This is real: I had dinner last night with a bunch of NBC executives. To make it up to me, what they did, they are sending my wife and I on an all expenses paid Carnival cruise. How about that? So it looks like it’s going to be okay. Fantastic!”
All kidding aside, reports say that Fallon is taking over the “Tonight Show” once Leno’s contract ends in 2014, and that the production will move to 30 Rock in NYC.
The NY Post reports that if NBC lets Leno go, FOX is ready to grab him for a possible 11:00 PM show. FOX board chairman Steve Pruett told the Post, “If FOX were to present the right business plan, the affiliate board would be interested.”