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Leno To Forgo Olympics Show

October 20, 2001

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Jay Leno will not broadcast NBC’s ``The Tonight Show″ from Salt Lake City during the Winter Olympics.

``It’s just too cumbersome and too expensive,″ said Rebecca Marks, NBC’s senior vice president of entertainment publicity. ``That’s why we don’t travel the show very often.″

NBC had planned to send hundreds of production staffers to Salt Lake’s Rose Wagner Theater. Instead, Leno will arrive before the February games to tape some comedy sketches.

Marks said the decision to keep The Tonight Show in Los Angeles had nothing to do with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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