Jimmy Fallon to Replace Jay Leno as Tonight Show Host in 2014: Report
Here we go again.
After a disastrous attempt to replace Jay Leno with Conan O'Brien as host of The Tonight Show in 2009, NBC is at it again, having made a commitment to Jimmy Fallon to host the show by 2014, according to the New York Times.
This switch would bring the show from Burbank, Calif., back to NYC, where it originated.
Some details of the deal have still yet to be ironed out, including the exact date of the switcheroo.
Jimmy Fallon is currently the host of NBC's Late Night, which currently airs at 12:35 a.m., after The Tonight Show.
Jay's current deal is up in the fall of 2014, and NBC execs are said to be anxious to transition to Jimmy to The Tonight Show in order to prevent Jimmy Kimmel from swiping all of the younger viewers over to ABC.
Jay apparently has also been upsetting NBC execs by making frequent jokes during his monologue about NBC's recent ratings struggles.
In January 2010, four months after replacing Jay as host of The Tonight Show, Conan was dropped from the show by NBC, and Jay resumed his post shortly thereafter.
Will things go smoother this time around? Let's hope so.