Greta Van Susteren to Fox: Hire Leno

Greta Van Susteren Jay Leno

Fox News host says NBC is 'rolling the dice' by ditching latenight host

Fox News host Greta Van Susteren declared her support for Jay Leno on Monday, urging Fox executives to hire the late night host following his “Tonight Show” exit in 2014.

“I think Fox Broadcast should sign him up and compete against his old network,” she asserted on her blog.

The Fox News host, who admitted “of course no one is asking me…” in her headline, also bashed NBCUniversal for showing Leno the door despite his recent dominance in late night.

“In NBC’s ‘great wisdom’ they are upsetting the apple cart and forcing him to go,” she said of Leno’s ratings surge. “They have a known winner and are ‘rolling the dice.’ If I were a shareholder, I would wonder about that one.”

Leno will be replaced in early 2014 by “Late Night” host Jimmy Fallon, who is expected to take the reins sometime after NBC’s Olympics coverage wraps on Feb. 23.

NBC’s final “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” will air Feb. 6, 2014.

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  1. Joe Smart says:

    It just isn’t as easy as that because the Fox Network doesn’t currently program anything in that time-slot–Fox affiliates are currently allowed to program anything they want. When Fox brass looked into the possibility of hiring Conan O’Brien, who is a lot younger than Leno and will likely still be on the air after Leno retires, the affiliates made it clear they didn’t want to cede the time-slot to a network talk show. Would they be more amenable to a Jay Leno Show? Maybe–but it would be expensive for Fox to hire Leno and then clear the time-slot with all of its affiliates and if Leno did come back his audience would inevitably be diminished by all of the competition. Everyone who watches The Tonight Show isn’t going to stop so they can watch Leno on another network. I don’t know that it makes sense to spend a lot of money on a talk show for someone who probably isn’t that far away from retirement–and when Leno does retire it’s not like Fox has anyone waiting in the wings to take his place. If NBC thought there was a serious chance of Fox hiring Leno they wouldn’t have pushed him out in the first place. NBC is banking on there being no place else for Leno to go outside of cable.

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