Jay Leno might be reading an entirely different set of “Headlines” next year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, CNN president Jeff Zucker recently met with the longtime Tonight Show host to discuss his plans for after he retires from the show in February. This included discussion of an offer for a possible late-night or primetime show on the cable news network, which Zucker has headed since January.
That makes CNN one of almost a dozen suitors currently courting Leno, who is reportedly refusing to field offers until he finishes his tenure at The Tonight Show following the 2014 Winter Olympics. At that time the show will be handed to current Late Night host Jimmy Fallon.
Readers might recognize Zucker’s name as that of the former NBC president behind the 2010 Tonight Show debacle, when planned Leno successor Conan O’Brien saw his version of the show scheduled to air after midnight. Zucker stepped down from his position later that year.