Jimmy Fallon officially replacing Jay Leno as host of 'The Tonight Show' in 2014
There's been speculation for a week or so, but the cat is out of the bag: Jimmy Fallon is officially replacing Jay Leno as the host of The Tonight Show, which is moving back to New York. Conan O'Brien, meanwhile, is getting fitted for a toupee after tearing all his hair out.
“Congratulations Jimmy. I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you’re the old guy," Leno said in a statement, according to Entertainment Weekly. "If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.” Leno leaves as the No. 1 late-night host, a position he's enjoyed since returning in 2010, which also must make O'Brien feel great. Leno has been host of the show for some 22 years, minus a hiccup when he said he was leaving then decided to come back.
The changeover is going to happen in Spring 2014, EW says. There's no indication who will get Fallon's job at Late Night, the No. 1 show for 18 to 49-year-olds in its time slot since bowing in 2009, but he did say in his own statement, “I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow.”
The pair sang a duet together Monday about a possible lineup switch (watch it below, no doubt ordered by NBC to squash speculation of someone getting passed over. Fallon will host the show from 30 Rock, moving Tonight from Burbank, Calif., where Johnny Carson wanted it so many moons ago.