Jay Leno Nears Deal to Launch his own CNBC Car Show (Exclusive)

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Jay Leno is lining up his first regular television hosting gig since leaving The Tonight Show in February, and he’s staying in the NBC Universal family.

Leno is close to a deal to host a new show for cable network CNBC, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The show will focus on Leno’s longtime love of cars and will air in primetime, not late night.

CNBC declined to comment on Leno or the negotiations, but NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, who famously clashed with Leno when the comic took aim at NBC’s low primetime ratings, said last summer that he hoped to keep Leno in the NBC family in an elder statesman role. “Nothing would make us happier than for him, a la Bob Hope, to still be a presence on the network,” Greenblatt said during the TCA summer press tour in July 2013.

Jay Leno Nears Deal to Launch CNBC Show (Exclusive)

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