Report: Jimmy Fallon will host Tonight Show, which will move to New York

By | March 20, 2013 at 4:08 pm | 3 comments | News, TV/Movies | Tags: , , , , ,

For the past two weeks, rumors have been swirling about the fate of the Tonight Show come 2014, when host Jay Leno’s contract expires. According to The Hollywood Reporter, who cited “two high-level industry insiders,” on March 1, Fallon would become the new host in the summer of 2014. And today, that narrative has moved forward in a big way, as the New York Times – citing “several senior television executives involved in the decision” – reports that not only is Fallon prepping to take over but also that the Tonight Show will return to New York City, where it started in 1952.

“While the network has yet to complete a deal, it has made a commitment to Jimmy Fallon, the current host of its Late Night program, to have him succeed Jay Leno,” writes Bill Carter, later adding, “NBC has quietly begun work on a new studio in its headquarters building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza as the home for the new Tonight Show. The studio is part of a general reconstruction of the building being undertaken by Comcast, which this week completed a full takeover of NBC Universal.” A network spokesperson wouldn’t confirm the Fallon succession but did say a new studio was, indeed, being built for Fallon.

What do you think of Fallon hosting the Tonight Show and it moving back to New York?

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  • Paul

    Great move by NBC to change things up with heritage, handing the torch to Fallon and returning to New York. This will bring something very fresh to the show and shows of this type belong in a smaller studio anyway so that it is more intimate with the live audience. Hopefully, this transition will go smoothly. I’m writing my Senior Seminar paper on the Conan Leno battle, so having current news about the Tonight Show helps me in displaying how grand the asset the show is.

  • ben

    I’m glad for Jimmy. He seems like a good guy. However I think part of the reason Conan failed was some fans wanted the Tonight Show to return to NYC. Conan clearly did not fit out in LA under the Tonight Show. He definitely would have thrived in NYC. I just wanna know if Late Night will be hosted out in LA????

  • Jay

    AWESOME!

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