Jay Leno by Paul Drinkwater/NBC Photo Jay Leno by Paul Drinkwater/NBC Photo
Conan O'Brien might be taking over The Tonight Show in 2009, but that doesn't mean you'll never see

Jay Leno's chin on late-night again. In fact, the New York Times reports that Leno, who continues to reign as champion of late-night ratings, already as in the crosshairs of execs at ABC, Fox and Sony Pictures Television, even though they can't officially negotiate with him until November '09. ABC and Fox have both discreetly indicated their interest, while Sony has put the word out that, when legally possible, it will offer him a syndicated gig that would make him the highest-paid host in late-night TV. NBC Universal, however, has repeatedly stated its intention to develop a new program for Leno. NBC announced The Tonight Show's changing of the guard four years ago to most likely keep other networks from swiping O'Brien away. Regardless of Leno's ratings success, NBC execs insist the hosting change will be made. (The Peacock would have to pay O'Brien a $45 mil penalty otherwise.) While Leno's kept mum on what he plans to do after Tonight Show, his current deal with NBC stipulates that he cannot appear on air anywhere else until 2010. - Adam Bryant POLL: What should Leno do come 2009?