Skip to comments.Fallon officially replacing Leno on 'Tonight Show'
Posted on 04/03/2013 4:08:38 PM PDT by SMGFan
Jay Leno has officially announced his retirement from NBC's "Tonight Show."
As expected, "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon will succeed Leno in the spring of 2014 when "Tonight" moves back to New York, to 30 Rock -- 42 years after Johnny Carson took the show to Burbank.
With Fallon, 38, NBC hopes to capture the younger viewers and compete with ABC's Jimmy Kimmel, who moved to an 11:35 timeslot in January.
"Congratulations, Jimmy. I hope you're as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you're the old guy," Leno said in a statement. "If you need me, I'll be at the garage."
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I hope Kimmel destroys him.
He’s a lot less talented than Conan O’Brien, who was rudely forced out.
He’s about as funny as a root canal... I know, I know, I’m pushing it
There was a guy on Fox saying that the libs at NBCU couldn’t tolerate Leno, even tho his ratings were good.
I seldom if ever watched Leno . . . no comparison to Carson . . . and I have no use for Fallon . . . just another libtard SNL jackass who somehow got his own show.
If I were a network executive, I’d show Carson replays for many years in the same time slot . . . these new comodians are barely funny
Fallon sucks, i’ll get more sleep going to bed earlier!
I’ve got about 200 videos left to view at Leno’s Garage website. They guy is a human encyclopedia of automobiles.
Leno is getting old, his viewers are getting old. Not much money in selling commercials to be seen by old people.
I would watch Leno once in a blue moon, but I can’t stand Fallon or Kimmel or any of the new bunch of late night jerks. They are all total liberal tools who have their tongues shoved down Obama’s backside.
To hell with all of them.
Maybe CBS can wise up and put him in David Lecherman slot. Then I'd put Adam Carolla in the 12:30 slot.
Well, that Depends...
If someone actually had the smarts to do that I bet they would get ratings through the roof! I have no use for Leno, Letterman or any of the others. I wasn’t just the end of an era of Hosts when Carson retired, it seems like enjoyable comedy died too! Now the only way anyone seems to think something is funny is for it to be crude or raunchy! Even the old greats that would have a xrated act in Vegas knew how to be truly funny in an appropriate manner for all of the family.
I like Leno and wish him well. It’s a good time to retire — while he’s young and healthy enough to enjoy it. If he ever wants to perform again, he could do stand up, but he doesn’t have to. Would that we could all be so fortunate.
I have missed the entire Jay Leno era. I stopped watching the day Carson retired. Never cared for letterman either.
They’d be better off with Adam Carrola. At least he’s a man and used to work as a carpenter and he likes cars and his droll sort of humor is kind of like Carson’s was.
NBC’s not made a smart move with the Tonight Show (at least) since it engineered the idiotic Conan announcement. Since then they’ve tried to arrest the ratings slide brought on by Conan, then paid him off to go away when he refused to accept a new, earlier Leno show on before him, *then* brought back Leno, *then* announced this ridiculous idea. All the while the previous third-place (behind Leno and Koppel) late night champ Letterman.
Anyway it's going to be very tough for me to make the transition from not watching Jay to not watching Jimmy. I don't know how I'll survive.
You might be exaggerating; after all, with a root canal you could get laughing gas...hey! That might be a way to endure a Fallon routine!
“I stopped watching the day Carson retired.”
I occasionally watch Carson clips on Youtube. Just classic, today’s shows don’t hold a candle.
He beats Fallon among young viewers. I haven’t watched these guys for years, but NBC is a struggling network, and getting rid of it’s most profitable show seems stupid.
Frankly, Craig Ferguson is the best of all of the late night talk show hosts.
I occasionally watch Carson clips on Youtube. Just classic, todays shows dont hold a candle.
Yup. Another one of those is the Carol Burnett Show - SNL (for instance) can't come close.
Be better than anything Leno ever did.....
hahaha. just follow meeee....
I guess I will be watching something other than Fallon. I Can’t stand him or his band.
Interesting to see if NBC ‘muzzled’ Leno now that it is ‘official’ or will he keep taking potshots at them until they tell him to take ‘Terminal Paid Leave’?
Awesome!, now Leno can do more episodes of Jay Leno’s Garage on youtube!
I love Leno’s Garage!
“But will it do a burnout?”
Fallon strikes me as a nice guy. About as funny as a toothache, though.
If Fallon continues to do the childish stuff he now does when he takes over for Leno, I won’t be watching.
I don’t think Leno is funny. We sometimes watch because my husband likes the show but I rarely crack a smile at Leno’s jokes.
Putting Leno there might've been a joke, but no bigger than the joke "Meet the Press" got anyway. And I think after a year or so, Leno would've fit in as well as any of those other talking heads (though not quite Russert, who seemed to be tougher and more fair-minded to either side).
Hmmm. I see to recall deja vu from Jay Leno "leaving":
"I'll be 59 when [the switch occurs], that's five years from now. There's really only one person who could have done this into his 60s, and that was Johnny Carson; I think it's fair to say I'm no Johnny Carson. And I don't want to see all the fighting. You hold it and hand it off to the next person. Conan, it's all yours! See you in five years, buddy!"
There are plenty of Carson clips on YouTube, and they are very popular. Lots of views, lots of recent comments, many from young fans who hate current television.
It is strange to watch those clips now. They are entertaining, and I no longer associate television with being entertained. I associate television with snarky leftist jerks.
A very well done special on Johnny.