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Jay's last night

  There were no tears.

  Of that you can be certain.

  Here's a clip, and brief story follows. Jay's back in March...




   Just five months on the air - or perhaps more accurately, five months in the mud - "The Jay Leno Show" came to a quiet end last night.
  Said the host in his monologue, "People say, 'What has changed the most in five months?' I’d have to say Heidi Montag." (Ba dum.)
  "We were on the air five months. It seems like just yesterday I was telling NBC, 'This is not going to work.'”
Donald Trump even “fired” him. (Ba dum, again.)
   "Where were you the last five months?,” he asked as audience members applauded. “That’s what I want to know."
  Laugh - and indeed we have - but "The Jay Leno Show" collapse is one of the oddest tales in the history of network television. Careers may not have ended but reputations - notably of an entire network - were smeared and conventional wisdom once again established precisely why it's so conventional:
  No, vast numbers were not going to watch a Jay Leno-hosted variety show at 10; no, it was not going to save NBC millions in program costs; and yes, it really was going to hurt late local news, including the news of NBC's own stations, making this whole project almost an act of fratricide.
  What could NBC have been thinking? Well...? The network has a vast amount of work to do now. The list: Develop new dramas; bring viewers back; convince Hollywood it’s serious about 10 p.m.; convince affiliates the same; reestablish Leno at “Tonight;” hope and pray that this didn’t permanently damage one of the most important franchises in TV.  One day at a time.   
  Meanwhile, Jay Leno - a highly competent performer who got stuck with a bad idea - returns after the Vancouver Olympics where (imagine NBC's bizarre luck circa 2010) there's no snow.


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