Finally putting an end to the speculation, NBC has officially announced that Jimmy Fallon will host The Tonight Show in 2014, replacing current host Jay Leno, who has hosted the program for 22 excruciatingly unfunny years.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Jay Leno will finish off his two decade-plus reign over late night in the spring of 2014. Once he’s officially dethroned, Fallon will take over the 11:35 PM gig. At the same time, The Tonight Show will move back to New York and take place at 30 Rockefeller, where Saturday Night Live creator/producer Lorne Michaels will executive produce.
The news comes on the heels of a simmering feud between Leno and NBC, as Leno has repeatedly taken potshots at NBC over its talent management and ratings, and NBC has been struggling to find a way to push Leno out of the big chair. That said, Leno offered a fairly gracious entreaty to Fallon:
“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.”
With the announcement that Fallon is taking over The Tonight Show, THR notes that SNL hotshot Seth Meyers is now in talks to replace Fallon on Late Night.
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