with conan o’brien set to take over the tonight show in the summer 2009 it was only a question of whether jay leno would decide he wanted to stay resulting in nbc having to pay conan a agreed upon sum to let leno continue his hosting duties. another option was leno leaving nbc and taking a job at another network to compete against his old show. cbs wasn’t getting rid of letterman, and craig ferguson is gaining a following so he wasn’t being let go. abc could have jumped in the leno game, but then they would have had to let go of jimmy kimmel and i don’t think they wanted to go that route, seeing as how kimmel is substantially younger than the aging leno. so with cbs and abc not really being options leno could have called it quits and retired to his garage. he didn’t, instead he negotiated with nbc to create a new show 5 nights a week at 10 pm eastern time. im just happy that conan will be getting a bigger audience, i personally find him hilarious. conan takes over june 1st, 2009.