Tonight Show may return to New York with Jimmy Fallon as host
Get ready to see the The Tonight Show back in New York, and with a new host, if the New York Times is correct. They’re saying NBC is working on plans to bring the show back to the East Coast from Burbank, Calif. — and with Jimmy Fallon replacing Jay Leno. How’s TBS working out for you, Conan O’Brien?
The Times reports executives say a plan is in place to make the moves by no later than fall 2014, conveniently when Leno’s contract expires. The network has already started cleaning up a space at 30 Rockefeller Plaza for the show, as part of a renovation being done by NBC Universal’s new owner, Comcast.
NBC didn’t comment for the report, but did note there was a new studio being built for Fallon, who already records Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in the building. The show started in New York with Steve Allen and then Jack Parr, but Johnny Carson moved the show to Burbank to get better access to actors and change up his lifestyle, the paper writes. As for where Jay Leno’s going, well, let’s just say his recent jokes about how bad NBC’s primetime schedule is doing didn’t go over well.