The rumors have been confirmed. After Jay Leno retires this spring, he will hand the reigns of the late-night television series "The Tonight Show" to NBC's other talk show king, Jimmy Fallon. Leno hosted the show for an impressive 22 years.
Rumors circulated this past week that Fallon would take the lead, prompting a musical, comedy skit performed by Leno and Fallon that became a viral hit. You may see the video below.
Fallon's takeover comes with a much pleasant tone as compared to the drama that ensued last time Jay Leno left "The Tonight Show" and Conan O'Brien took the show to California. Team Leno and Team Coco dominated headlines with some of Conan's fans becoming furious over the perceived drama that ensued.
Fallon's transition as the newest host of "The Tonight Show" is expected to be smooth and trouble free. Fallon has a large fan-base (not that Conan O'Briend didn't), but his appeal far surpasses late night, college crowds and he is expected to keep Leno's loyal viewers while possibly bringing some of his late night followers to the show.
Jimmy Fallon released the following statement regarding the move. "I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow."
At this point, there is no word who will take over the late night spot that currently airs "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."
Additionally, once Fallon takes helm of the "Tonight Show" ship, the show will move back to New York where Saturday Night Live executive Lorne Michaels will serve as executive producer. The pairing of Fallon and Michaels only promises to bring future success, and though nothing has been confirmed, word is that SNL alumni Seth Meyers may take over Fallon's soon-to-be-vacated position.
What do you think about Fallon taking over "The Tonight Show?"