Jay Leno is returning to TV. What show is he hosting?(Read article summary)
Leno will reportedly be the host of a new CNBC program that's set to debut in 2015. Leno finished his time as host of the NBC program 'The Tonight Show' this past February.
Jay Leno is returning to television.
The former "Tonight Show" host will head up a show on CNBC that's currently titled "Jay Leno's Garage," according to CNBC. His video series of the same name currently has more than a million subscribers on YouTube, according to CNBC. The show won an Emmy Award in 2011 in the Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format Nonfiction Program category and is hosted on the NBC website.
“Garage” will center on “anything that rolls, explodes, and makes noise," Leno said in a statement. "We hope to highlight the passion and the stories behind the men and women who made the automobile the greatest invention of the 20th century.”
The show will make its first appearance in 2015 and will air in a primetime slot, according to CNBC.
As noted by USA Today, Leno was behind the program “Jay Leno’s Garage: The Ultimate Car Week,” which aired on CNBC this past summer.
In a statement, CNBC president Mark Hoffman said of the new show, “Jay will add tremendous star power and exceptional content to CNBC’s primetime at the perfect time. CNBC at night has real momentum and Jay’s personality, tremendous fan base and his passion for the subject will contribute mightily to our burgeoning primetime. We’re really excited Jay will continue his storied career with the NBC family and with us at CNBC.”
Leno finished his time as host of the “Tonight Show” this past February and his job was taken over by former “Saturday Night Live” cast member and former “Late Night” host Jimmy Fallon. Former “SNL” cast member Seth Meyers took Fallon’s spot.
Leno began his time as host of the “Tonight Show” in 1992. He briefly served as host of “The Jay Leno Show,” which aired in the NBC 10 p.m. slot and debuted in 2009. He returned as host of the “Tonight Show” in 2010.