Former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno is returning to television. The 64-year-old car enthusiast will host a new CNBC series tentatively titled “Jay Leno’s Garage,” the network announced Wednesday.
Slated for a 2015 premiere, the series will be reminiscent of Leno’s popular “Jay’s Garage” Web series, which has amassed more than 105 million views on YouTube, CNBC said. It will provide an in-depth view of the car collector’s market, with looks at unique vehicles, road tests and investment advice.
“This show will be about anything that rolls, explodes and makes noise,” Leno said in a statement. “We hope to highlight the passion and the stories behind the men and women who made the automobile the greatest invention of the 20th century.”
In landing Leno, CNBC bested CNN, History, A&E and several other networks that expressed interest in his services, the Hollywood Reporter notes. Leno’s friendship with CNBC President Mark Hoffman is said to have played a role in his decision.
“Jay will add tremendous star power and exceptional content to CNBC’s primetime at the perfect time,” Hoffman said in a statement. “CNBC at night has real momentum, and Jay’s personality, tremendous fan base and his passion for the subject will contribute mightily to our burgeoning primetime. We’re really excited Jay will continue his storied career with the NBC family and with us at CNBC.”
After 22 years as host of the “Tonight Show,” Leno handed the role to Jimmy Fallon in February, USA Today notes. “Jay Leno’s Garage” will be Leno’s first regular hosting gig since he left the show.