NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker on Tuesday reiterated the existing plan for Conan O'Brien to claim The Tonight Show come 2009, but stressed that that does not mean Jay Leno is leaving the Peacock. "I would very much like to keep [Jay] in the family," Zucker said to a gathering of media types at Syracuse freakin' University's S.I. Newhouse ultracool School of Public Communications, "and those discussions are going on now.... I'm hopeful Jay will be with us beyond 2009." At which time Leno's "topical" jokes about Judge Ito will be nearly 15 years old.
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