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Jay Leno Removed From Boston's Fall Line-Up!

Come fall, Jay Leno‘s hometown of Boston will no longer be able to view the funnyman on the airwaves!
Boston’s NBC affiliate, WHDH Channel 7, one of the top ten markets in America, has decided to pull Leno’s new 10 p.m. talk show from their fall line-up due to a conflict with their nightly newscast!
Why the sudden change in the schedule???
WHDH believes the local news would draw a larger audience than Leno’s show and we can’t say we disagree.
“We feel we have a real opportunity with running the news at 10 p.m.,” said station owner Ed Ansin. “We don’t think the Leno show is going to be effective in primetime. It will be detrimental to our 11 o’clock. It will be very adverse to our finances. It fundamentally is a better financial plan for us. We are already suffering from weak lead-ins,” Ansin explained.
The only problem is that NBC are threatening to strip those bitches at WHDH of their affiliation with the network giants!!!
“WHDH’s move is a flagrant violation of the terms of their contract with NBC. If they persist, we will strip WHDH of its NBC affiliation. We have a number of other strong options in the Boston market, including using our existing broadcast license to launch an NBC owned-and-operated station,” said NBC president John Eck in a statement released earlier this week.
The Boston affiliate tried to arrange a deal with NBC to air Leno’s talk show at 11 p.m. instead of 10, but the network threw a big fat no in WHDH’s face!
Looks like Jay’s run as hometown hero will soon be drawing to a close!

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