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

Sun, March 3, 2013 12:17pm EDT by Chris Rogers 6 Comments
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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.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Should Jimmy Fallon replace Jay Leno?

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— Chris Rogers

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