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Jay Leno is close to inking a deal for his first permanent post-Tonight Show gig.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leno is near a deal with CNBC to host a primetime show that will focus on his love of cars. The program would fit right in with the network's latest push "CNBC Prime," which features original shows such as The ProfitCar Chasers and re-runs of Shark Tank. The new deal would keep him in the NBC Universal family where he's been employed since 1992.

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Leno, 64, exited the Tonight Show (again) in February but has kept busy with his NBC.com web series Jay Leno's Garage and touring the country doing stand-up. Although CNBC has declined to comment to THR, NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt previously said, "Nothing would make us happier than for [Leno], a la Bob Hope, to still be a presence on the network."

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