Jay Leno isn’t leaving the NBC family, just late-night and the broadcast network.
Jay Leno’s Garage will debut as a primetime series in 2015 on CNBC. The news of Leno moving to CNBC in a permanent capacity broke last week, but only became official today. Leno’s passion for cars has been well-known even outside of comedy circles, and the CNBC series will allow him to explore the economics of car collecting for experts and hobbyists alike. He hosted a one-hour special for the cable channel in August that served as a successful back-door pilot for the series.
“This show will be about anything that rolls, explodes and makes noise,” said Leno. “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.”
“Jay will add tremendous star power and exceptional content to CNBC’s primetime at the perfect time,” said CNBC President Mark Hoffman. “CNBC at night has real momentum and Jay’s personality, tremendous fan base and his passion for the subject will contribute mightily to our burgeoning primetime. We’re really excited Jay will continue his storied career with the NBC family and with us at CNBC.”
Leno will executive produce the series for CNBC in association with Big Dog Productions.
His YouTube channel has more than a million subscribers and continues to post new content. Roll the clips!