Heeere’s…..Jay! Again. Although Jay Leno exited NBC’s "The Tonight Show" earlier this year after hosting for 22 years and reportedly told a standup audience the next day that he was "done with television... for good," it looks like he just couldn’t stay away. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Leno is closing a deal with cable network CNBC, part of the NBC Universal family, to host a prime-time show focusing on cars, a lifelong passion for him.
Leno, 64, began looking for another gig soon after Jimmy Fallon replaced him on NBC's “Tonight Show” in February, sources told Hollywood Reporter. Although CNN, A&E and History Channel pitched ideas to him, Leno wanted to stay with the peacock network. His car-themed Web series “Jay’s Garage” is currently on NBC.com and features some of his prized cars, restoration projects and road tests. Over the Labor Day weekend, CNBC aired a special called “Jay’s Garage: The Ultimate Car Week.
The Business Insider recently showcased Leno's large collection of rare and historically significant cars, including a 1969 Lamborghini Miura S, a 1970 Mazda Combo and a 1928 Bentley Speed 6.
Since leaving “The Tonight Show,” Leno has toured the country doing standup comedy, and earlier this month, he and NBC’s Al Roker were among a group that launched a USO tour in Afghanistan.
No date has yet been announced for the show’s debut.