Did you hear that, folks? Jay Leno is finally throwing in the towel on “The Tonight Show”. He is turning over the reins to the show to veteran talk show funny man Jimmy Fallon. Finally, a host that we can actually get behind!
Jay took over the show from Johnny Carson back in 1992, and eventually turned it over to Conan O’Brien in 2009. Shortly thereafter, he ousted Coco and returned to the show. That move has left a bad taste in a lot of his viewers’ mouths, so we are holding out hope that he doesn’t give a repeat performance to Jimmy this time around.
The Hollywood Reporter has more of the nifty details:
Jay Leno will conclude his 22-year run headlining Tonight in spring of next year, at which point the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon host will move up an hour to the 11:35 p.m. slot. The move also will see Tonight return to 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, where it will be executive produced by Fallon’s former Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels.
“Congratulations, Jimmy,” said Leno. “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.”
The announcement comes just one month after The Hollywood Reporter revealed NBC was preparing an exit plan for Leno. THR further reported on Tuesday that Fallon had signed the Tonight deal and that Saturday Night Live stalwart Seth Meyers is being eyed as his Late Night replacement.
Will you tune in to watch “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon”? It has a nice ring to it, no?