Jay Leno to Host Car Collecting Show in Prime Time on CNBC

Jay Leno, the former host of “The Tonight Show,” will helm a new program on car collecting for business-news network CNBC.

Tentatively titled “Jay Leno’s Garage,” the show will focus on restoration projects, road tests, car values and other aspects of the collector’s market, CNBC said today in a statement. The program, which will premiere next year, is based on a Web series that has more than 1 million subscribers on YouTube.

The new show marks a return to television for Leno, 64, who stepped aside this year after 22 years as NBC’s host in late night, where his program was normally the most watched. His departure made way for Jimmy Fallon, part of NBC’s plan to pursue a more youthful audience.

CNBC, which like NBC is owned by Comcast Corp., aired a one-hour special on car collecting in August, hosted by Leno. That was his first appearance as a TV host since he left “The Tonight Show,” CNBC said.

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