Former 'Tonight Show' host Jay Leno may be returning to television

Jay Leno Coming Back to TV With Car Show
Jay Leno Coming Back to TV With Car Show

By RYAN GORMAN

Jay Leno may be returning to television.

The former "Tonight Show" host is reportedly in talks to host a prime-time show on the CNBC cable network.

The as-yet unannounced project will focus on the comedian's vast knowledge of and collection of cars, according to the The Hollywood Reporter (THR).

The curious deal brings Leno, 64, back to NBCUniversal after an acrimonious last few years hosting the "Tonight Show" which saw him cede the reigns to Conan O'Brien in 2009 only to take show back in 2010 and retire earlier this year.

It appears to be a broader version of a "Jay's Garage" special the financial news network aired over Labor Day weekend titled "The Ultimate Car Week."

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Leno has kept anything but a low profile since he handed the "Tonight Show" over to Jimmy Fallon after 22 years at the helm.

He has toured the country performing in comedy clubs, hosted an awards show in Israel and even teamed up with "Today Show" weatherman Al Roker to start an Afghanistan USO Tour, according to THR.

Leno also led a boycott against the famed Beverly Hills Hotel after it was purchased by the government of Brunei, a Middle Eastern country that enforces sharia law.

The workaholic comedian appeared in a recent interview at peace with his departure from America's living rooms.

Leno told the Associated Press he felt "liberated" to be free of the daily talk show grind and enjoyed getting back to his standup roots.

He even appeared open to being a guest on the "Tonight Show." Maybe he'll talk about his show on CNBC.

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