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Jay Leno in driver’s seat of new network auto show

Jay Leno all smiles in his 1930 Duesenberg.

Jay Leno will be returning to television with a primetime show on CNBC, and it will be centered around his passion for automobiles, according to several celebrity and television news websites.

Leno, 64, stopped hosting the “Tonight Show” in February.

Industry reports say Leno was contacted by several networks, including CNN, A&E and the History Channel to host a program about cars. Leno wanted to remain in the NBC “family.”

Leno has a strong relationship with CNBC president Mark Hoffman. It broadcast a “Jay’s Garage” special in September called “Jay’s Garage: The Ultimate Car Week.”

Leno is among the world’s most prominent car and motorcycle collectors. Reports vary, but Leno apparently owns nearly 900 vehicles (769 automobiles and 117 motorcycles).

Jay Leno all smiles in his 1930 Duesenberg.
Jay Leno all smiles in his 1930 Duesenberg.

He also has a website called “Jay Leno’s Garage,” which contains video clips and photos of his automobiles in detail, as well as other vehicles of interest.

Leno also has a regular column in Popular Mechanics which showcases his car collection and gives advice about various automotive topics, including restoration and unique models, such as his jet-powered motorcycle and solar-powered hybrid. Leno also writes occasional “Motormouth” articles for The Sunday Times. The column reviews high-end sports cars and features Leno’s humorous take on automotive news.

There is no premiere date set for Leno’s show.

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