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NBC is set to announce that Jay Leno will step down as host of "The Tonight Show" in 2009 and be replaced by Conan O'Brien, according to Variety.com.

Variety is reporting that this deal was brokered personally by NBC U head Jeff Zucker. O'Brien has inked a new long-term deal with NBC that guarantees him the hosting gig when Leno steps down.

Today is the 50 year anniversary of "The Tonight Show."

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Only problem, according to Variety and the Hollywood Reporter, is that Conan has to make his show somewhat tamer if he doesn't want to piss off the FCC, as the networks are given a freer reign after 12. But then again, who knows what 2009 will be like.

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I was seconds away from posting this when I decided to hit refresh to see that you posted it...

I'm kind of worried that Conan will have to tone down his jokes now that he is on the 11:35 slot. Plus I wouldn't be suprised if he started to get Jaded of this because in 2009 that will be his 16th season of the show. I know he is closing in on his 2000th show coming up and that is alot of shows for one person to do.

I was excited to hear this, great news and Conan has deserved it for years but Leno has been doing a good job getting ratings so NBC was really inbetween a rock and a hard place. Here's to 5 more years at 12:35 and hopefully another 16 at 11:35.

Edit: Didn't see ringmasters post... but remember that Leno talks about weed almost every show so I wouldn't thing he would have to lower it alot. I doubt we will see the masturbating bear anymore.

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Conan rules!

This would be awesome, although, I am also worried about it being lame. I dislike the Tonight Show as it stands now. However, like someone else said, 09 could be much different.

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Letterman's humor wasn't destroyed when he moved to 11:30. And Leno gets away with A LOT of risque humor, O'Brien will be no different. Might be somewhat tamer, but nothing drastic, plus he gets a bigger budget. And dammit, it's Conan getting the Tonight Show! Rejoice dammit!

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I don't see how this is really good news at all. We all pretty much knew that Conan would inherit one of the 11:35 slots, only now we know that Leno's going to be around for 5 more years. That's easily 10 years too long. This is just a stopgap to keep Conan happy and prevent him from jumping when Letterman retires.

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So who gets Late Night?

That'll probably be announced closer to 2009, since they'll most likely choose a young, up and coming comedian at the time.

One part of me hopes that it will be Andy Blitz (Long Chant Guy, guy who went to india to fix his computer) or Brian McCann (Preparation H Raymond, I think he was the guy who played the new talk show host from last week but that may have been Blitz). Those guys do a great job on his show.

On the other hand that would make Conan lose one of his writers even though 35-50% of the things he says is just off the top of his head (ad-libbed I think is the word I'm looking for). (Only things that are on cue cards is his monolouge punchline, and the comedy skits).

Also after thinking about it for sometime he may not have to tone down his jokes. 2-4 years ago it was horrible to say certian words on TV. Face it television gets away with more stuff everyday so 2009 at 11:35 should equal 2006 at 12:35. That is just my hypothesis though.

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That's going to be so odd.

"AAAAAND NOW...LATE NIGHT WITH SUM YUNG GUY!"

My friend figures it'll be Craig Kilborn. I don't know where he got that, but I pray it won't be Carson "Doesn't-have-a-funny-bone-in-his-body" Daly.

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