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Jimmy Fallon to replace Jay Leno on The Tonight Show starting 2014

Apr. 3, 2013by: Paul Shirey

If you haven't been following the back and forth between NBC and Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, then don't feel left out.  It's a complicated affair and one that takes many turns.  However, the speculation that Jimmy Fallon may be taking over for Leno is no longer speculation as Fallon as officially signed on to take on The Tonight Show after Leno's contract is up in 2014.  If you'll remember, Conan O'Brien was handed the reigns back in 2009 only to have them yanked away, moving him to TBS and Leno back as host.  It's unlikely that will happen this time out.

The Tonight Show will be returning to its original home in 30 Rock in New York, where Fallon's current Late Night show is housed and will be executive-produced by Emmy Award winner Lorne Michaels (“Saturday Night Live,” “30 Rock”). Leno congratulated Fallon, saying:

“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.”

Fallon responded to the new opportunity by saying:

“I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow.”

NBC's response emphasized that they weren't quite putting a horse to pasture, but making the transition on a high note:

“Jay Leno is an entertainment icon, making millions of people laugh every weeknight for more than 20 years,” said Steve Burke, Chief Executive Officer of NBCUniversal. “His long reign as the highest-rated late-night host is a testament to his work ethic and dedication to his viewers and to NBC.

“We are purposefully making this change when Jay is #1, just as Jay replaced Johnny Carson when he was #1.  Jimmy Fallon is a unique talent and this is his time.  I’m thrilled he will become the sixth host of ‘The Tonight Show’ at exactly the right moment, in conjunction with our coverage of next year’s Winter Olympic Games from Sochi, Russia."

Programming plans for the 12:35 a.m. (ET) time period currently are in development and will be announced soon. In the meantime, you can now rest easy or revolt in protest, as the show becomes The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

What say you?

Extra Tidbit: I kinda dig the Farrelly brothers' Fever Pitch with Fallon and Drew Barrymore. I never thought he'd go the late night route...
Source: Deadline

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5:13PM on 04/04/2013

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Couldn't they at least have found somebody funny?
Couldn't they at least have found somebody funny?
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9:46PM on 04/03/2013
I was hoping for Seth Meyers.
I was hoping for Seth Meyers.
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9:33PM on 04/03/2013
Jimmy has really grown on me as a late night host. At first, I thought he wasn't really professional as he's prone to corpsing and going off on his tangents with Steve Higgins in the middle of the show. But he has a genuine enthusiasm and likeability that's a far cry from Leno's jadedness, and I don't think it's just because he's younger. Every show Fallon does, he seems to really be having fun with it. All the best to him.
Jimmy has really grown on me as a late night host. At first, I thought he wasn't really professional as he's prone to corpsing and going off on his tangents with Steve Higgins in the middle of the show. But he has a genuine enthusiasm and likeability that's a far cry from Leno's jadedness, and I don't think it's just because he's younger. Every show Fallon does, he seems to really be having fun with it. All the best to him.
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6:11PM on 04/03/2013

I'm fine with this...

As long as Letterman isn't forced out as a result.
As long as Letterman isn't forced out as a result.
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5:40PM on 04/03/2013

Left out the best part!

I was never a fan of Jimmy, I actually thought he was a talentless douche, up until last week when I watched the 4 history of rap videos he did with JT, they blew me away so I read up on him and his ties to the music industry and the guy is pretty respected, shit he has the roots as his band. So I am surprised to say this but I'm pretty stoked on this, he's no Conan but I see him in a new light now. If you were the same as me YouTube/google history of rap. Never the less Paul you left out the
I was never a fan of Jimmy, I actually thought he was a talentless douche, up until last week when I watched the 4 history of rap videos he did with JT, they blew me away so I read up on him and his ties to the music industry and the guy is pretty respected, shit he has the roots as his band. So I am surprised to say this but I'm pretty stoked on this, he's no Conan but I see him in a new light now. If you were the same as me YouTube/google history of rap. Never the less Paul you left out the best news to come out of his, which is who is replacing Fallon and its.... Daniel fuckin Tosh! :D
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5:16PM on 04/03/2013
Until Leno wants his job back a year later.
Until Leno wants his job back a year later.
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4:39PM on 04/03/2013
I'm sorry but I don't think I've ever seen Fallon say anything funny ever. He's stiff and boorish and quite monotone in his delivery, maybe people like it, but it bores the shit outta me.
I'm sorry but I don't think I've ever seen Fallon say anything funny ever. He's stiff and boorish and quite monotone in his delivery, maybe people like it, but it bores the shit outta me.
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3:52PM on 04/03/2013

Bleh

Talk shows like this have lived out their usefulness.
Talk shows like this have lived out their usefulness.
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3:52PM on 04/03/2013
Don't really care much for Fallon but when he goes I hope he takes the Roots with him.
Don't really care much for Fallon but when he goes I hope he takes the Roots with him.
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3:23PM on 04/03/2013
Sorry guys, I've never been a talk show man. It's just not my bag baby. However, some people watch this shit so I guess something new is better than something old.
Sorry guys, I've never been a talk show man. It's just not my bag baby. However, some people watch this shit so I guess something new is better than something old.
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3:22PM on 04/03/2013
Letterman, Ferguson, and Kimmel are better than both of these clowns
Letterman, Ferguson, and Kimmel are better than both of these clowns
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3:14PM on 04/03/2013
Leno doesn't connect with younger audiences and his comedy is very stale but all in all, he's a very likable television host, a feat not as easy as it sounds. And for that I can't join the hate parade that constantly surrounds him. I'll be sad to see him go but it is a wise decision. Fallon is funny and has a great show.
Leno doesn't connect with younger audiences and his comedy is very stale but all in all, he's a very likable television host, a feat not as easy as it sounds. And for that I can't join the hate parade that constantly surrounds him. I'll be sad to see him go but it is a wise decision. Fallon is funny and has a great show.
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2:27PM on 04/03/2013
I vote for Fallon on Thank You Notes alone. Some damn funny stuff right there.
I vote for Fallon on Thank You Notes alone. Some damn funny stuff right there.
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1:31PM on 04/03/2013

Anyone is better than that asshat Leno

Leno is a moron and only has middle america to thank for his ratings. I am glad Jf is taking over, I am more of a Jimmy Kimmel fan but at least Fallon does some funny stuff from time to time.
Leno is a moron and only has middle america to thank for his ratings. I am glad Jf is taking over, I am more of a Jimmy Kimmel fan but at least Fallon does some funny stuff from time to time.
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1:25PM on 04/03/2013
Ugh, Fallon is the single worst late night host I've ever seen. Watching his show is the equivalent of having my eyes scooped out with an ice cream scooper.
Ugh, Fallon is the single worst late night host I've ever seen. Watching his show is the equivalent of having my eyes scooped out with an ice cream scooper.
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3:07PM on 04/03/2013
That's a little dramatic.
That's a little dramatic.
1:16PM on 04/03/2013
*insert Leno will take it back joke here*

Anyhow, as much as I love Fallon and I'm happy for him, this sure is a slap in the face to Conan (not that he really cares now that he has his own show).
*insert Leno will take it back joke here*

Anyhow, as much as I love Fallon and I'm happy for him, this sure is a slap in the face to Conan (not that he really cares now that he has his own show).
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1:37PM on 04/03/2013
I'd be surprised if Conan wasn't still bitter about the Tonight Show screw job.
I'd be surprised if Conan wasn't still bitter about the Tonight Show screw job.
2:04PM on 04/03/2013
According to the "Don't Stop" documentary, he's trying to let it go and not hold grudges... But then again, he says that in front of the camera...
According to the "Don't Stop" documentary, he's trying to let it go and not hold grudges... But then again, he says that in front of the camera...
1:12PM on 04/03/2013
Both of them are useless in my opinion. I hope when Letterman retires that Craig Ferguson will take his spot.
Both of them are useless in my opinion. I hope when Letterman retires that Craig Ferguson will take his spot.
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