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Jay Leno Announces Departure From Tonight Show; Jimmy Fallon Will Take Over

Posted by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 2:36 PM
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After weeks of jokes and barbs about his departure from "The Tonight Show," Jay Leno has announced he's leaving the NBC late night show in spring 2014.

Leno will be replaced by "Late Night's" Jimmy Fallon and the show will move to New York City and be executive-produced by "Saturday Night Live" honcho Lorne Michaels.

It appears that Leno will soon be enjoying some downtime with one of his biggest passions - cars!

"Congratulations Jimmy," Leno said in a statement released on Wednesday. "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."

As for Fallon, he's excited to take over the iconic show and show up on TV a little earlier in the night.

"I'm really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow." Fallon said in a statement.

Steve Burke, Chief Executive Officer of NBCUniversal, explained that they wanted Leno - who is still late night's ratings king - to go out on the top of his game, just like his predecessor.

"We are purposefully making this change when Jay is #1, just as Jay replaced Johnny Carson when he was number one. 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," he said in a statement.

Leno has hosted "The Tonight Show" since taking over the reins from Johnny Carson in 1992. Leno briefly left the show in 2009, while Conan O'Brien took over the job, but then returned in 2010 to host again.

by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 2:36 PM
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gmadiane
by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM

I will miss Jay leno

MamaMandee
by Mandee on Apr. 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM
Jimmy is a great host!
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la_bella_vita
by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:36 PM

 Never was a Leno fan

mlg1989
by Bronze Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:36 PM
1 mom liked this
I dont know who I dont like more...
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LilyPondOasis
by on Apr. 4, 2013 at 1:10 AM

I like them both but do not like the idea of it being taped in NYC and not in LA.

Not that I would ever be able to go to either show on the West or East Coast -- seems a shame to move it, but then it started in NYC. 

No place like home I guess! LOL 

zboys
by on Apr. 4, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Leno's great!

thatgirl70
by Member on Apr. 4, 2013 at 10:03 AM
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Hope he doesn't screw him over like he did Conan. Lost all respect for him after that. I'm not a Conan fan, but man that was just plain dirty.

lga1965
by on Apr. 4, 2013 at 1:06 PM

 Good!  I became a little irritated with Jay when he made some snide and snobby remarks about my home state. I think he's a jerk.He is too sarcastic.

Jimmy Fallon is great-funny, intelligent and very likeable and he likes people.

lga1965
by on Apr. 4, 2013 at 1:08 PM

 I agree, he's sneaky. I love Conan. He was classy about the whole thing.

Quoting thatgirl70:

Hope he doesn't screw him over like he did Conan. Lost all respect for him after that. I'm not a Conan fan, but man that was just plain dirty.

 

PinkParadox
by Beautifully Broken on Apr. 4, 2013 at 2:48 PM
Me either

Quoting la_bella_vita:

 Never was a Leno fan

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