Jan 28, 2010 12:56 PM by Letitia Walker
CHICAGO (AP) - Jay Leno says he was "devastated" when NBC
executives asked him to leave "The Tonight Show" in 2004 because
they wanted to give the program to Conan O'Brien.
Leno told Oprah Winfrey on Thursday's episode of her talk show
that he told "a white lie on the air" when he said he was going
to retire because he assumed he would find another job in show
He says the experience "was pretty shocking."
NBC has now unseated O'Brien from "Tonight" and moved Leno
back to the program he had hosted for 17 years. Leno is scheduled
to return to "Tonight" on March 1.
Harpo Productions has asked O'Brien to appear on "The Oprah
Winfrey Show," but an appearance hasn't been confirmed.