"Tonight Show" loses Leno, welcomes Fallon

By: NBC Email
By: NBC Email

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (NBC) - Jay Leno, longtime host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” announced today that he will wrap up what will be 22 years of headlining the iconic late-night show in spring 2014.

NBC also announced that Jimmy Fallon, now host of NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” will transition into new hosting duties on “The Tonight Show” franchise after Leno concludes his run.

As part of the transition, “The Tonight Show” will be returning to its original home in 30 Rock in New York and will be executive-produced by Emmy Award winner Lorne Michaels, who produced “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock," among others.

Leno has hosted “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” since taking over the reins from television icon Johnny Carson in 1992.

“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has ranked #1 ahead of its ABC and CBS time-period competition in 18-49 viewers and total viewers for each season since Leno’s return in March 2010 and for the 14 seasons before his departure in May 2009. During the current season, “Tonight” is consistently #1 versus its ABC and CBS slot rivals.

Monday night, Leno and Fallon poked fun at the rumors of Leno's retirement in a music video. They sang a duet that spoofed the song "Tonight" from "West Side Story." See the video below.


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