I heard that Conan O’Brien’s producer Jeff Ross was telling Hollywood yesterday that “having Jay at 10 PM is better than having Jay at 11:30 PM and competing against him.” Then Conan addressed the Leno situation tonight on his Late Night show: “I wanted to make something very clear here on the show this evening. I’ve known about this for a while. I’ve talked a lot about this with Jay. I am thrilled. I am absolutely thrilled that Jay is staying at NBC. He has been my lead-in on this program for 16 seasons. He is a fantastic lead-in. He is a huge part of my success. I am indebted to Jay Leno. And I love the idea that that relationship is going to continue. He is going to be my lead-in continuing, I hope, for a long, long time. So congratulations to Jay Leno.”