Jay Leno to Fox? Why network affiliates might hold a deal up
The New York Post reports that its sister company, Fox, may give Jay Leno a new home if and when he's pushed out at NBC's "Tonight Show" -- and it's a familiar story with a different protagonist.
In 2010, Conan O'Brien was rumored to be negotiating with Fox for a late-night franchise after his own "Tonight" ouster, but numerous press outlets reported that the snag came from the affiliate stations; local channels that air Fox's broadcasting in prime-time don't have the late-night hours reserved for national broadcasts, but rather for lucrative and popular syndicated programming that varies from market to market. (In New York, for instance, late night on Fox includes "30 Rock" and "The Big Bang Theory"; in Chicago, it's celebrity gossip programs "TMZ" and "Dish Nation.")