Jay Leno is officially returning to television, the comedian confirmed today, a week after it was reported the former Tonight Show host was negotiating a deal to host a show for CNBC. Tentatively titled Jay Leno’s Garage, the veteran comedian’s new series would air in primetime – not late night – and would revolve around his passion for all things automobiles.
“This show will be about anything that rolls, explodes, and makes noise,” Leno said today. “We hope to highlight the passion and the stories behind the men and women who made the automobile the greatest invention of the 20th century.”
The show, set to premiere sometime in 2015, will not exist solely for entertainment purposes. After all, this is CNBC, a 24-hour news network known for financial analysis. Instead, Jay Leno’s Garage will be dispatch information on the car collector’s market and will explore the best investments and valuations.
The move back to NBC makes even more sense keeping in mind the network still hosts Leno’s Web series Jay Leno’s Garage and they recently aired a special called Jay’s Garage: The Ultimate Car Week on NBC.
Leno, who will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in Washington on Oct. 19, has never lead on that he would completely vanish from show business. So this move, if it came to fruition, wouldn’t be a total surprise. NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt has said, “Nothing would make me happier than to find ways to keep him involved with this network. That’s really up to him.”