Jay Leno on Tonight Show bids goodbye in 2014, to be replaced by Jimmy Fallon, NBC announces

By on Apr 4, 2013 in Entertainment, Hollywood, Television, United States Comments

Updated: May 13, 2013 2:30 p.m.

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Jay Leno will be leaving NBC‘s Tonight Show Spring of 2014, as announced the network this Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Jimmy Fallon replaces Leno as the host of talk show, who hosted the show for 21years since 1992, except from September 2009 to February 2010, when he hosted The Jay Leno Show, also at NBC.

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Jimmy Fallon (left) and Jay Leno
Image Credit: NBC video

According to a press release by NBC on Wednesday afternoon, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon will be going back to its original home in 30 Rock in New York, and Emmy Award winner Lorne Michaels of “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” will be its executive producer.

“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.” Leno, 62, was quoted in the announcement, with NBC programming plans for 12:35 a.m. (ET) time period still under development but will be announced soon.

“I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow.” Jimmy Fallon said; who has been hosting his own late night show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon since March 2009, also being aired at NBC. Fallon, 38, is also best known for being a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” from 1998 to 2004.

Jay Leno is an entertainment icon, making millions of people laugh every weeknight for more than 20 years. 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.” Steve Burke, Chief Executive Officer of NBCUniversal, said.

“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.” Burke added.

Apparently, this confirmation of NBC ended the earlier rumors that Jimmy Fallon will replace Jay Leno. Last Monday night, Leno and Fallon made fun with the rumors about Leno‘s retirement via a music video, where they sang a duet that spoofed the song “Tonight” from “West Side Story,” as shown in the video below.

Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno duet at “Tonight Show”
Video Credit: latenight/YouTube

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