• Aug 6th 2009 at 1:29PM
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Unlike many, we haven't been losing sleep over Leno leaving The Tonight Show. Partly because we're in bed by that time. Mostly though, despite Jay's well-known obsession with automobiles, the Tonight Show was essentially car-free, instead choosing to focus on Miley Cirus, American Idol and politics. Yawn. Leno's new show – called the Jay Leno Show – looks to address that serious oversight.

According to new reports, Leno's show will feature celebrities racing against each other in "advertiser friendly" challenges involving green cars. In fact, NBC has already built a racetrack next to Leno's studio. Says Jay, "You can see who is faster, Shaquille O'Neal or Cameron Diaz." We've always wondered.

As to what cars will be used in the segment, or what the races will look like, your wild speculation is as good as ours. And yes, Leno's green car challenge does seem kinda close to Top Gear's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. But in the grand scheme of things, who cares, as car racing on network TV ought to be a good thing over the long term. That said, we'll admit that the very term "advertiser friendly" makes our skin crawl a bit. Thanks to Dali for the tip!

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      • 6 Years Ago
      what i always loved about top gear was that it was ad free. No bias in their reporting (unless you consider Jezza always favoring overpowered supercars a bias) and in star in a reasonably priced car they always use the same car. i dont want cameron diaz in an insight and shaq in a prius, i want them both in the same car. This really just makes me sad that top gear USA never got off the ground...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Are you feeling okay?

        "I truly believe that British Cars are the best in the world." - Jeremy Clarkson

        The show is little more but an exposition of their own biases. They spend time explaining you can't own a BMW because asses own them (or more recently, don't), that you shouldn't be allowed to pull a trailer and Americans are all fat (I can't believe that Clarkson said right to that woman's face last season that she couldn't be an American because all Americans are fat).
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder who will be the first to seriously crash! Or somehow overheat the battery and start a fire. Sounds like a plan Jay, try to kill the tree hugging protest friendly ones first with their own poison.
      • 6 Years Ago
      While I'll wait to see what is produced, i'm not confident.

      "car racing on network TV ought to be a good thing over the long term." Not so. Part of what makes Top Gear such a success is that it is highly entertaining. Just racing would be terribly boring for a large audience. If its boring, no one is watching and if no one is watching the execs at the networks pull the plug and say "American's don't like racing or car shows". When the reality is that Americans (like any nationality) don't like boring racing or car shows.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And I thought Nascar was pretty boring racing. The crashy bits are entertaining though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why does "advertiser friendly, makes our skin crawl"? Are you not American, or are you so naive that you don't realize how the world works? Auto blog is advertiser friendly for God's sake, you have lots of fans, therefore lots of eyes, therefore prime advertising real estate. This advertising pays for your salary you muppet!

      It's not england, or the BBC where they don't have advertising due to huge government funding and a TV license fee from anyone that owns a television set.
      I wonder what scale tidal wave of pooh would be unleashed in America, if when purchasing a television set, Americans were asked to fork over an extra $100, for a TV license at the time of purchase... And then every other subsequent year.

      So quit your yammering about "Advertising" it's the hand that feeds you, and your protestations make you look like an idealistic twelve year old girl who is about to hit puberty.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd love to see Shaq driving an original Insight. I think he'd double the curb weight.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is a Prius with an LSx stuffed in the front and converted to RWD still considered 'green' or 'hybrid'?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Jay Leno stealing other people's material for his own use yet again.
      • 6 Years Ago
      thats great news!
      • 6 Years Ago
      doesn't anyone think he might be funny about this as interpret "green" literally? like get some random car in bright green and just do SIARPC with it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Copy Paste.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. But Top Gear is Jay's favorite show. He is only copying that aspect of it. I think it is a great idea. Nice to see celebs that (Americans) know.

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        • 6 Years Ago
        He should def get the Top Gear presenters to have a go!
      • 6 Years Ago
      this was the coolest interview besides Usain Bolt interview....I like a lot this tv show
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