Well, that mystery’s cleared up.
Come September, former Tonight Show announcer “Stuttering John” Melendez will join boss Jay Leno in the lantern-jawed funnyman’s 10 p.m. slot.
How can we be certain?
Last night on Olivia Wilder Times, John told host Olivia Wilder in no uncertain terms that he’s still in Jay’s good graces.
“I definitely have a job. I’m not sure in what capacity the job will be,” he said of The Jay Leno Show, which debuts Sept. 17.
“I do a lot of things on the show. I do the warm-up, I write stuff, I’m in sketches and bits and I do the – I’m the announcer.
“I know I have a job. I’m just happy to be there.”
It wasn’t but nine weeks ago that John was anything but sure about his future at the Peacock Net.
During an appearance on Mr. Media in April – two months before Jay handed over The Tonight Show to Conan O’Brien – John had no idea if he’d still be employed by Jay.
“I don’t know yet. I haven’t heard yet,” John told host Bob Andelman.
“I’m assuming I’m going in some capacity – although assumptions aren’t always good. But I really do hope that I am.”
That in turn prompted John’s former boss, Howard Stern, on his Sirius Satellite show, to quip:
“I’m going to make an offer to John right now: If Jay doesn’t hire him back, he can stay in L.A. and ask questions, and we’ll hire him to go to some of those premieres and ask questions again.”
“He can do that. It’s a dollar for every question.”
To hear John’s full interview, click here.
To read about John’s newsmaking interview on Mr. Media, click here.