Jay Leno: Heading to CNN After April Departure From Tonight Show?

Posted Friday December 20, 2013 9:50 AM GMT

It’s going to be an interesting transition when Jay Leno signs off for the last time on “The Tonight Show” this April, vacating his throne for Jimmy Fallon.

And now there’s speculation that the veteran comedian could take a gig at CNN in order to help breathe new life into their sagging ratings.

According to Entertainment Weekly, "Season to date, Tonight is off to its biggest start 12 weeks into a new TV season in three years and continues to beat Jimmy Kimmel and David Letterman. He's up 11 percent in 18-49 viewers (with 1.133 million vs. 1.025 million last season) and up 10 percent in total viewers (3.821 million vs. 3.465 million). Tonight has attracted bigger 18-49 audiences than Late Show for the last 56 weeks in a row and topped Kimmel for 45 of their 49 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Jay has out-delivered Late Show for 60 weeks in a row and Kimmel for 49 of 49 weeks."

However, Jay may stay put at NBC and take on a new project. Network chairman Bob Greenblatt noted, "Nothing would make me happier than to find ways to keep him involved with this network. That's really up to him."

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