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.

 
  • Dan

    Anon,

    Okay, Let’s assume Leno is our Marlbobo.

    10 years ago I used to pay $4 for a pack of “Leno’s” and sell them for $8, I loved it. 25% of my customers bought Leno’s.

    Now, I pay $7 for a pack, sell them for $8.50 and only 15% of my customers buy them. I could do nothing and likely 5 years from now I would be paying $8, selling them for $9 and only 10% of my customers would be buying them.

    In the meantime I have my Letterman’s, they are on the same trajectory. I have these new Jimmy K’s, they are pretty cheap at a cost of $5 and I can sell them for $7.50, I’d like to get more people into those. Almost the same number of people buy Kimmel’s as buy Leno’s.

    Then there is my new Fallons and they only cost $2.50 a pack and I sell them for $6.50. I really like these, I wonder if I could get 80% of my Leno smokers into Fallon’s, then I would be way ahead!

    Nick, NBC may have botched 11:35 PM by planning ahead but all businesses must take calculated risks and they don’t always succeed. If they didn’t try though they would surely fail in the end.

  • Gary Middleton

    Dan, I think Fallons may be able to sell for $8.

  • Douglas in TN

    Sounds like Leno’s sort of acknowledging the inevitable…from NY:

    Prodded by an “Extra” television crew over whether or not he’d stay at the late night show when his contract ended, the 62-year-old host tried to turn the question into a punchline.
    “Will I do it when my contract’s up,” he deadpanned to “Extra.” “Well no… when your contract is up… see that’s how it works.”
    But when then asked if he thinks Fallon would be his replacement when that day comes, Leno turned sort of serious.
    “I hope so,” he answered.

  • anonymous

    A convenience store that doesn’t carry the most popular items? They may make a few more cents per item by selling a generic or off-brand name but there’s a danger that when you don’t sell Marlboro, when you only sell Shasta Cola instead of Cokes, that you’ll open the store one day and find that many of your customers have gone somewhere else.

  • Neal

    I called the main NBC offices in NY and they strongly denied any change is being made! They still said Jay is their man!

    I should remind dumbass rednecks like Doug that no announcement has been made by NBC and Conan’s show is as good as cancelled because no one knows it exists!

  • Adam Stabelli

    Neal, OF COURSE IT’S BEING DENIED. NO DEALS HAVE BEEN MADE AND THE DISCUSSIONS ARE STILL ONGOING. ARE YOU THAT THICK HEADED THAT YOU CAN’T UNDERSTAND THAT? Can someone PLEASE ban this guy?

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