So, reports have continued to fly around all day, as reports are known to do, about the future of NBC’s late night schedule. Nikki Finke reported that Jeff Zucker was threatening to “ice” (almost certainly Zucker’s word, because yuck) Conan O’Brien, by holding him to a three-and-a-half-year no-compete clause in his contract. Meanwhile, People magazine was reporting that January 22nd might be the final broadcast of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. And just moments ago, TMZ delivered the news that Jay Leno has completed his deal with NBC to return to 11:35PM, for an hour, with a show called The Tonight Show. Gross.
The one bright spot in all of this is that the Internet continues to update Jeff Zucker’s Wikipedia page to reflect his death. Which is kind of hilarious. Today we are all 4chan. That’ll do, Internet. That’ll do.
UPDATE: Now, according to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC is denying TMZ’s report that it has made a deal with Leno? Zucker, of course, is still dead.