Also, NBC confirmed that Leno’s “Tonight Show” band leader, Kevin Eubanks, will indeed be continuing on “Jay Leno” as the show’s music director. But John Melendez, who had served as Leno’s “Tonight Show” announcer since 2004, will no longer serve in that capacity. Instead, Melendez will join the “Jay Leno Show” writing staff.
Melendez joins a staff of 19 writers.
I kinda figured this would happen. Pretty much how Howard Stern called it. The only reason they retained John and didn’t get rid of him outright, is because Howard made such a stink about him leaving/the way in which Jay stole him from the Stern show in the first place. Sigh.