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Jimmy Fallon Replacing Jay Leno On ‘Tonight Show’ In 2014 — It’s Official

Wed, April 3, 2013 12:48pm EDT by eleanorehl 2 Comments
Jimmy Fallon Replacing Jay Leno
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Jimmy has sealed the deal to move from ‘Late Night’ to ‘The Tonight Show’ in Spring 2014, according to our sister site Deadline.

Jimmy Fallon will be taking over Jay Leno‘s 11:35 p.m. Tonight Show time slot after all, NBC confirms! Jimmy has closed a deal with NBC to take over late-night hosting duties. Read on for all the details, and to watch the hilarious video of Jay and Jimmy singing.

Jimmy Fallon Signs Deal To Take Over ‘The Tonight Show’

Jimmy, 38, has signed with NBC to take over from Jay, 62.

NBC released a statement, which our sister site Deadline reported:

Jay Leno, longtime host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” announced today that he will wrap up what will be 22 years of headlining the iconic late-night show in Spring 2014.  NBC also announced today that Jimmy Fallon, now host of NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” will transition into new hosting duties on “The Tonight Show” franchise after Leno concludes his successful run.

As part of the transition, “The Tonight Show” will be returning to its original home in 30 Rock in New York and will be executive-produced by Emmy Award winner Lorne Michaels (“Saturday Night Live,” “30 Rock”).

Programming plans for the 12:35 a.m. (ET) time period currently are in development and will be announced soon.

“Jay Leno is an entertainment icon, making millions of people laugh every weeknight for more than 20 years,” Steve Burke, Chief Executive Officer of NBCUniversal, said. “His long reign as the highest-rated late-night host is a testament to his work ethic and dedication to his viewers and to NBC. We are purposefully making this change when Jay is #1, just as Jay replaced Johnny Carson when he was #1.  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. I also want to congratulate and thank Debbie Vickers and her ‘Tonight Show’ team for producing an entertaining, first-class show every night for the past two decades.  Debbie’s role in the creative and popular success of this franchise cannot be overstated.”

Jay Leno Congratulates Jimmy Fallon

Jay said, “Congratulations Jimmy.  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.”

Jimmy responded, “I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow.”

What do YOU think HollywoodLifers? Are you happy Jimmy is replacing Jay? Weigh in below!

WATCH: Jimmy Fallon & Jay Leno Sing ‘Tonight’

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