Jimmy Fallon Replacing Leno on ‘Tonight Show’ in 2014 – Will Jay Return (Again)?

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 3rd, 2013 at 3:05 pm,

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This all might sound a bit familiar: after 22 years as host of The Tonight Show, Jay Leno will officially be stepping down in 2014, and will be replaced by… Jimmy Fallon. But does anyone really think Jay Leno is gone for good?

The announcement, via NBC press release, also states that as part of The Tonight Show “transition,” the show will be moved to 30 Rock in New York, where it originally taped most of its iterations – including Johnny Carson’s until 1972. No announcement has been made as to Fallon’s replacement on Late Night, but many of the same rumors that predicted this change-up also say SNL‘s Seth Meyers is currently in the running.

Here are the kind words Leno had to say about Fallon’s late night promotion:

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.

And Jimmy’s response to his late night promotion:

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

Ever since Fallon took over Late Night from Conan O’Brien, he worked hard to craft a show that would be as enjoyable for him to host as it was for people to watch at home, with countless bits and sketches often gaining popularity as they’re shared on the Internet. As someone to take over The Tonight Show, Fallon has the class, charm and energy it needs to woo the much more finicky 11:30pm crowd. But still – what about Leno?

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In 2012, after having already returned to The Tonight Show as a result of the Conan O’Brien debacle, Jay Leno resigned his contract through May 2014 with a 50% pay cut, even though his show was still beating Letterman in the ratings. At that time, NBC was trying to cut costs to please their new owners, Comcast – but to Leno it was never about the money, as he famously says he’s never touched a penny of the money earned as host.

Instead, the coveted chair behind The Tonight Show desk is all he’s wanted – and for 22 years, he’s had it. And now – while he’s still on top – he’s leaving to go hang out in his garage? Anyone remotely familiar with Leno’s rise (and re-rise) in the world of Late Night will know that he simply isn’t one to kick back and relax in retirement. Perhaps he’ll simply move to another network?

Even though ABC, CBS and NBC are, essentially, already full of any needed late night programming, Fox still remains the one network without a late night staple. And what makes Fox an interesting choice for someone like Leno is their 10:00pm newscast, which would mean any late night show would air at 11:00pm – 30 minutes before The Tonight Show begins. However, like most things, only time will tell how this plays out.

Now, fans of Jimmy Fallon can celebrate the fact that he will, almost certainly, take over The Tonight Show in 2014. Let’s just hope he’ll be able to continue to do the same type of show that won him the opportunity.

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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno will end May 2014
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
premieres May 2014

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  1. There’s a typo on the main site “Jimmu” on the title

    • Why don’t they just switch places? Leno moves to 12:36 and everyone’s happy.

      • No, not ‘everyone’s happy’ i personally cannot stand Leno and have mentioned this multiple times on other threads. Leno has had his run, his time is long past overdue. Its time for him to go and some one else to take his place and frankly, i could’nt be happier that its Fallon

  2. Leno has never touched a dime of the money he’s made hosting the Tonight show? What the heck is he living on, the interest?

    • Leno claims he just lives off of doing stand up, but that’s bull crap. He’s getting paid 10′s of millions of dollars and he’s telling people to believe that he doesn’t spend that?

      • I’m sure he means he’s never physically touched that money. Probably just bypasses him and goes to paying for his cars, house, whatever. In any case, it’s probably time for him to retire for good.

      • Leno makes a million a gig. That right, he gets a million dollars to fly out to I Like Potatos, Idaho, and tell jokes to fat drunk people. He does that at least once a month. Im sure thats more than enough money to live on.

  3. Team Coco forever!

  4. I’m not really a fan of Leno but then again I don’t have anything against him, his comedy just doesn’t fit my taste.
    But IMO this is once again proof that NBC has their head up their butts. Why are they so anxious to replace him??? He’s #1 in viewers and besides football that’s the only #1 spot NBC holds. I’m sure the reasons involve NBC wanting to gain younger viewers but didn’t they learn their lesson from the Conan mess???

  5. NBC is Dumb. That is all.

  6. What if Leno goes to TBS and gets Conan fired? That’s the perfect ending to this trilogy.

    Late Night Wars 3: Leno’s Revenge starring George Lopez

    • Bwah ha ha… That’d be hilarious!

  7. booo this stinks i actually enjoyed watching Leno

  8. If he goes to Fox and takes the 11pm spot he would be competing or maybe I should say be trying to stick it to Conan again.

  9. This is by far the stupidest decision NBC has ever made. If Conan couldn’t get ratings after being on at 12:30 for 16 years, what makes them think Fallon will after only 4? And I will never watch any show hosted by Seth Meyers. He’s boring, overrated, and he sucks.

  10. Leno’s like that older kid whose parents make him hand his toys down then cries until he gets them back.

  11. Eh, I’d prefer Jimmy Kimmel than Fallon. Kimmel is actually funny while Fallon is a bit quirky.

  12. ya my personal opinion is that jimmy fallon is the least funny guy on television! seth myers is awesome! team coco

  13. So… They make Conan and his entire crew uproot and move from NYC to LA so he can host, then they take it away from him a few months later. But for Fallon, they move the entire show from LA to NYC?

    Oh my god, you idiots.

    • Yeah except conan chose to move to LA.

  14. At times, Fallon’s show is very corny. I’m not sure how the seasoned tonight show followers will handle his games. I watch him every nite, but sometimes the skits are not funny!

  15. I have tried to watch Jimmy Fallon but is pure torture for more than a few minutes. He is like having to put up with a mentally unbalaced cousin at Thanksgiving dinner. I JUST CAN’T WAIT TO LEAVE. I think he can replace waterboarding. Maybe if I smoked a ton of weed I could tolerant him more. If Conan who is funny and I still watch now in the rerun just after the Tonigh Show could not make the ratings on the Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon will surely fail even sooner.

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