Jay Leno Congratulates Jimmy Fallon After Being Replaced

Thu, April 4, 2013 8:10am EDT by 2 Comments
Jay Leno Monologue
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After over 20 years of service as the host of ‘The Tonight Show,’ Jay showed last night, Apr. 3, that he had no hard feelings about being replaced. Read on to see what he said in his funny monologue!

Jay Leno is handling being replaced by Jimmy Fallon admirably. On Apr. 3, in his first show since the announcement that Jimmy would be taking over The Tonight Show in 2014, Jay was a good sport, congratulating his successor and making jokes like always.

Jay Leno Humorously Congratulates Jimmy Fallon

Jay began his monologue with a sincere congratulations to Jimmy, but it didn’t take too long for the longtime late night host to get cynical and humorous. “I just have one request of Jimmy,” Jay said. “We’ve all fought, kicked, and scratched to get this network up to fifth place, okay? Now we have to keep it there. Jimmy, don’t let it slip into sixth. We’re counting on you.”

He continued, adding another joke that jabbed NBC: “Jimmy hasn’t even taken over yet and the rumors have already started. NBC says in five years they plan to replace Jimmy with Justin Bieber.”

David Letterman & Jimmy Kimmel On The Late Night Shake-Up

Over on CBS, Jay’s longtime late night rival David Letterman used the big news for material in his own monologue. “I got a call from my mom today, (and) she says, ‘Well, David, I see you didn’t get the ‘Tonight Show’ again.” David bolted for CBS when Jay was chosen as Johnny Carson’s successor to The Tonight Show in 1992.

David also noted that he was feeling a bit of deja vu, referring to NBC’s failed experiment to replace Jay with Conan O’Brien in 2009: “He’s being replaced by a younger late night talk show host – what could possibly go wrong? Honestly. They had pretty good luck with this in the past.”

And Jimmy Kimmel, ABC’s late night host, also added a funny congratulations to Jimmy of his own via Twitter. “Congratulations to my dear, sweet @jimmyfallon – a formidable rival and an incredible lover.”

It will be exciting to see where the late night cards fall as Jay looks for a new gig and Jimmy gets comfortable in his new role. One thing is sure — these guys love making jokes about each other!

— Andrew Gruttadaro

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