Jay Leno has struck a deal to get his late-night hour back at 11:35 p.m. on NBC, a move that indicates Conan O'Brien is definitely off the line-up at NBC, according to a report at TMZ.
The site states that Leno had been guaranteed an hour under his Jay Leno Show contract for the 10 p.m. program, and that the expansion from a proposed half-hour late-night show back to his old hour-long slate addresses the issue for NBC.
Nikki Finke reports that O'Brien's people have not confirmed the one-hour move, but that NBC chief Jeff Zucker "is threatening to ice Conan," according to a Conan rep: "Zucker said, 'I'll keep you off the air for 3 1/2 years.'" She also reports that, ironically, NBC has touted O'Brien's recent ratings wins at the Tonight Show.
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NBC could feasibly attempt to keep O'Brien off the air if he doesn't get with its program -- and he hasn't -- because he's still under contract with the broadcaster. O'Brien famously rejected being on-board with NBC's original plan to push the Tonight Show back to 12:05 a.m. Jay Leno's prime-time show will be shuttered next month.