Jay Leno's Garage Could Be Coming to an End

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Jay Leno has been a fixture on television for more than 30 years, and that’s not even counting standup appearances and other work he did prior to The Tonight Show. That three-decade run may be coming to an end – at least in its current form – as The Hollywood Reporter’s sources claim that his automotive show is on the chopping block at CNBC.

Jay Leno’s Garage started online and became a primetime CNBC show in 2015. Now it appears CNBC is looking to make room for reality TV reruns in its weekday primetime schedule, so the show is being cut. The show has hosted high-profile guests like Tesla CEO Elon Musk and President Joe Biden in its years-long run.

Leno started on The Tonight Show in 1992 after Johnny Carson stepped down. Drama ensued in 2009 when he turned the show over to Conan O’Brien. Jay regretted leaving and took another show deal at NBC, only to end up retaking his show as O’Brien left over disagreements over scheduling.

Leno’s in the news elsewhere this week, as it’s been reported that he broke several bones in a motorcycle crash. He’s already given interviews and states that he’s ok and ready to return to work. 

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • 3SpeedAutomatic 3SpeedAutomatic on Jan 29, 2023

    "...to make room for reality TV reruns..."

    What an insult!! Shows how far broadcast TV will stoop for a few extra bucks.

    I much appreciate Jay for keeping the "motor head" world alive in a Zoom society. However, maybe it's time for him to retire or semi-retire. There's enough material for him to do YouTube with most auto related companies willing to underwrite....but the number of shows would be at his own pace.

    I wish him well!!

  • Sonik_fury Sonik_fury on Jan 29, 2023

    I always dreamed, if I won the lottery, that I would have a garage very similar to Leno's. I love that he's a real car guy, not just buying them to show off.

  • Fred Fred on Jan 29, 2023

    CNBC is a odd channel. Financial news, but mostly about American stuff. Then a lot of reruns of Shark Tank, and infomercials. Then a sprinkling of sport shows from NBC. I only find the occaisional sports because I'm a fierce channel surfer. I just don't think they know what to do with that channel.

  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Jan 29, 2023

    I watched only his Youtube channel. Had no idea that there is TV show too. But it is 8 years or more that I cut the cable and do not watch TV except of local Fox News. There is too much politics and brainwashing including ads on TV. But I am subscribed to CNBC Youtube channel.

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    • 3SpeedAutomatic 3SpeedAutomatic on Feb 16, 2023

      Yep, I too cut the cable. Only have internet and Netflix and local channels via antenna. The internet provides me with all I need; however, Netflix has gone a bit sour as of late and could be on the chopping block as well.