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Jay Leno Goes Undercover, Grills Poor Ben Silverman

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Yesterday, at a press conference, NBC co-chairmen Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff announced that Jay Leno’s final Tonight Show will air on May 29, 2009. And, as could probably have been expected, Leno himself showed up wearing a disguise to ask the important questions: “Will Leno be paid for the rest of the year?” “Yeah, sure,” answered Graboff. But then things got a little uncomfortable. “Brett Favre retired and then wanted to come back, and the Packers said no,” said bald-capped, fake-mustached Leno. “What do you make of that?”

Ben Silverman handled it like a pro, naturally. “Well, everyone’s entitled to change their mind,” he said. “But I would imagine that puts management in a possible situation.” But then things really got nasty. “I know you brought back Knight Rider,” began Leno. “Any chance Manimal will be coming back?” “We’re negotiating for Air Wolf, and Manimal’s original creator will not share the rights with us,” said Silverman, possibly jokingly. Then, we’d imagine, Silverman had Leno forcibly removed from the building by NBC ninjas.

Date Is Set for Leno’s ‘Tonight’ Finale [NYT]
Transcript: Leno Posing As “Ala Kimmel” [Deadline Hollywood Daily]

Jay Leno Goes Undercover, Grills Poor Ben Silverman