After much speculation from all the media outlets, and even some denial from NBC executives, it has been confirmed that Jay Leno will depart from “The Tonight Show” and Jimmy Fallon will take over. Leno will wrap up his 22 years of hosting the franchise in Spring 2014, which marks the end of his contract. Fallon will then take over the legendary late night show at that time.
As speculated “The Tonight Show” will return to its home at 30 Rock in New York City. The show will be executive produced by Lorne Michaels who previously worked on 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live and a close friend of Fallon.
In a statement released by Leno he said: “Congratulations Jimmy, I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you’re the old guy. If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.”
Added Fallon in a statement, “I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow”.
Some people expected for this transition to be as ugly as the previous one with Conan O’Brien, it seems that Leno and NBC knew it was time for a change and made the process as painless as possible. Welcome Jimmy, you’re going to be an incredible host of the “The Tonight Show”.
Now the only question is…who takes over “Late Night”?
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