Report: Jimmy Fallon to Take Over as Host of 'The Tonight Show' by Fall 2014

Categories: Late Night TV Ratings

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March 20th, 2013

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The New York Times reports that NBC is preparing for a changing  of the guard at The Tonight Show. Though a time table has yet to be finalized, the network plans for Jimmy Fallon, current host of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,  to replace Jay Leno as host by fall 2014 when Leno's contract expires.

When Fallon takes over, The Tonight Show will move from Burbank, California to New York City. Leno has recently joked about NBC's ratings woes during his monologue, allegedly upsetting the network's executives. Many more details about the transition can be found here.

  • Justin

    Take that Fallon haters!

  • Claudia

    Great, I love Jimmy Fallon!

  • animal

    Lame move, hes not funny at all!

  • jimbo

    Didnt they try this once and it cost them 35 million? Wont watch this jackass either. F##ked up all the other shows why not this one too?

  • Matty

    I dont think the reason is because he jokes about NBCs rating woes because Jimmy Fallon does that on his show too. I still like Jimmy Fallon more than Leno but I dont see why they need to change anything.

  • Eric

    I actually happen to really like Jimmy Fallon. Conan is my favorite, then Craig Ferguson, and then Jimmy Fallon. Don’t really care for Jay Leno or David Letterman. So I’m pretty excited about this!


    Craig Ferguson > ‘big gap’ > Jimmy Fallon > Jimmy Kimmel > ‘HUGE Gap’. > Old guys (David/Leno)

  • Kenny

    WOW…Moving the SHOW to NY from California!! They`re going to have to get a theater ala Letterman..There is no way they can be “The Tonight Show” the flagship show for the network with a small studio, there is no way they can keep the same studio they are in now. I`m FLOORED they are not staying in LA because it`s a tourist attraction. really stunned. Fallon must have some pull.

  • Gary Middleton

    Kenny, it seems very plausible to me that The Roots would refuse to move to the west coast.

    And if Carson’s show was able to emanate from 30 Rock, so could Fallon’s.

  • Nifty

    The studio Jimmy is in now is Johnny’s old studio.

  • NBC is awesome

    Bad move…Fallon is great for late night

  • Ram510

    So they should just make it a package deal and renew Guys With Kids as well

  • Neal

    Horrible move! Leno is DA MAN! DA KING of late night!

  • Douglas in TN

    Well, a Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, without a Jay Leno Show at 10PM, and originating from New York, might have fared much better than it ultimately did. There is a different humor there than from LA…Conan just didn’t fit that west coast humor, and often still doesn’t.

    Fallon’s humor is more New York. Good call by NBC.

    Looking forward to a Tonight Show with some fun and innovation.

  • SJ

    Why are all the late night shows called “Late (late) Night with…” or “The Tonight Show”? I keep getting them confused. How about a little creativity?

  • Phil

    I don’t think Leno should’ve been taken out of his position unless he made the call on it and wanted to end it himself. I think Fallon is the perfect choice to succeed him as the guy is very likable but this is a bad way for him to step into the picture.

    If Greenblatt cares this much about his network and his ratings then why doesn’t he get rid of the dead weight like New Normal then nobody will be making jokes about NBC.

  • Amy

    So do you think CBS has a plan in place to have Conan take over for Letterman when he retires?

  • Kyle

    I like Fallon but Kimmel is funnier then him. So I am still watching Kimmel!

  • Nick

    This is nonsense. Kimmel’s move to 11:35 hasn’t affected Leno’s ratings at all. Leno still continues to win. NBC would be digging a deeper hole if they 1) got rid of one of the few #1 programs they have, and 2) shift latenight again (we all know how well that went over last time).

  • Neal

    Right on Nick! Leno should stay right where he is!

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