Jay Leno snags Jerry Seinfeld as first guest on his 10 p.m. primetime show
But NBC's announcement that Jerry Seinfeld will be Leno's first guest on the Sept. 14 debut of his 10 p.m. The Jay Leno Show, proves that the former tonight host is taking no chances, loading up his premiere show with names such as Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West.
It's a move that makes sense. Ratings figures from the week of Aug. 7 showed that O'Brien's Tonight Show was beaten in total viewers by rerun of rival David Letterman's shows on CBS and ABC's news show Nightline. The Hollywood Reporter also says Leno's producers are courting A-list guests to visit their show first.
Here's NBC's official announcement:
JERRY SEINFELD TO BE THE FIRST GUEST ON THE PREMIERE OF "THE JAY LENO SHOW"
"The Jay Leno Show" Premieres Monday, September 14
BURBANK, Calif. -- August 14, 2009 -- Jay Leno welcomes friend and fellow comedian Jerry Seinfeld to kick off his primetime comedy series "The Jay Leno Show" (Monday-Friday, 10-11 p.m. ET). Seinfeld will join previous announced musical guests Jay Z, Kanye West and Rihanna.
Leno moves from late night to primetime in his new comedy show premiering Monday, September 14 (10-11 p.m. ET).
"The Jay Leno Show" will be the first entertainment program to be stripped across primetime on broadcast network television and will showcase many of the features that have made Leno America's late-night leader for more than a dozen years.