Jay Leno’s jump to 10 p.m. has been anything but smooth, and now the comedian is airing his frustration in an interview with Broadcast & Cable. “I’m not having a bad time at 10 o’clock now,” the 59-year-old tells the trade journal. “I look at this as a job, and now I’m faced with a challenge, and it’s a challenge I find difficult but interesting.”
Leno takes most of the blame for the poorly-rated Jay Leno Show, but also reveals that the earlier time slot was not his idea.
“Would I have preferred to stay at 11:30? Yeah, sure. I would have preferred that,” Jay says. “Right now we’ve reached a level [and] we’re not going below that. The numbers seem to tell us people [who] are watching the show are staying the whole hour; that’s a good sign. I’m told if we can keep a 1.5 [rating], they make $300 million a year; this is what they say. So we’re a little above the 1.5, we’re doing OK.”