Jay Leno Being Replaced By Jimmy Fallon In ‘Tonight Show’ Spot?

Sun, March 3, 2013 12:17pm EDT by 6 Comments
Jimmy Fallon Jay Leno Tonight Show
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Next season may be the last for Jay Leno in the ‘Tonight Show’ spot, according to a new report. Is Jimmy Fallon a suitable replacement?

Jimmy Fallon may become the new host of The Tonight Show With Jay Leno in 2014. Of course, if this does happen, as a new report suggests it may, the title would be probably be shifted to The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.

NBC is is denying the move, but industry sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that NBC is eyeing to make an announcement in May, noting that the 2013-2014 season will be Jay Leno’s last. Jimmy Fallon would allegedly make a soft launch into the 11:35 PM time slot during the summer of 2014 before a formal premiere in the fall.

A Leno rep tells The Hollywood Reporter, “We do not speculate on rumor.”

Leno is currently signed through 2014.

Source say the network would bring in Jimmy Fallon due to the competition on ABC. The competing network moved Jimmy Kimmel into the 11:35 PM slot in January.

“The more time Jimmy Kimmel is in that slot, the more the young audience goes that way, the harder it is for Jimmy [Fallon] to keep that audience,” says a source.

Furthermore, if David Letterman decides to retire after his contract is up in 2014, NBC may be afraid that CBS will try to court Jimmy Fallon to replace David. Sources add that it’d be in NBC’s best interest to make the move now and announce Jay’s departure as well as Jimmy as his replacement.

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Matty D

Posted at 1:17 PM on March 16, 2013  

NBC is making the same mistake they made with Conan- trying to appeal to younger audiences despite a less-funny and talented replacement. Bad idea. Failed with Conan and will fair with Jimmy. Fallon is just not that funny of a host. He’s hilarious in SNL type stuff, but Leno is a natural as is Letterman and Carson. I’m sure there are more talented funnier guys out there who can replace Leno if it must be done (I mean is Fallon the only option? Geez). But you need to have broad audience appeal which Leno has- Fallon really lacks the “presence”, the “weight” of Leno. Some people love Fallon as some people love Conan- but they are more niche, and certainly a lot less funny. Bring back Arsenio or Craig Kilborne or even Daniel Tosh!

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morekare

Posted at 12:04 PM on March 4, 2013  

I hope Jay Leno stays. I love Jay Leno’s work. He’s the best.

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claire

Posted at 3:23 PM on March 3, 2013  

I love Jimmy. So I really wouldn’t mind.

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tod

Posted at 1:05 PM on March 3, 2013  

Jimmy Fallon, if Jay Leno offers you his old time slot, GET IT IN WRITING! Ask Conan O’Brien how these things usually turn out. Better to let Leno pick some other patsy to take his place. Then court Letterman for an offer to take his place. You’ll KILL the competition at NBC. You have a great show. So either stay where you are or take my advice. Leno is a snake. Don’t trust him.

Better yet, get Letterman’s production company, World Wide Pants, to produce your show and sell it to CBS. You’ll be a billionaire by the time you retire in 20-25 years!

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GP

Posted at 12:58 PM on March 3, 2013  

Reblogged this on misentopop.

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asfandancer

Posted at 12:27 PM on March 3, 2013  

I really don’t care who replaces Leno since I am a huge fan of Letterman. Never cared for Leno and the one and only Jimmy Fallon show I ever watched was totally unimpressive.

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