When Comcast COO and NBC Universal merger guru Steve Burke welcomed Jay Leno back to late night television several months ago, he probably didn't think Leno's ratings would slide to Conan O'Brien levels. But that's what's happening, and now word on the street is that Leno's $30 million job could be in jeopardy as Comcast moves closer to buying his bosses.
"You can't figure they're (Comcast) happy about this," an industry insider told the New York Post, which, to add to the confusion, put the price tag for the Comcast-NBCU hook-up at $28 billion.
It doesn't even matter that Leno is beating Letterman because "beating the competition is only important in press releases," a TV ratings website said.
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