Were you counting on Howard Stern to take over for Jay Leno? Don’t hold your breath! It looks like early suspicions that Late Night host Jimmy Fallon is going to replace Leno are turning out to be true.
What’s really news worthy about this new tidbit, is that it looks like Fallon will be taking The Tonight Show back east to his home turf of New York City. In the show’s 1954 debut, the show, which was originally hosted by Steve Allen was set in New York. Now sixty years later, Fallon is looking to bring the show back to its stomping grounds. It’s also believed that his Late Night band the Roots will also come along for the ride.
New York Times was the first to break the report about Fallon taking over for Jay Leno as the house of The Tonight Show by the fall of 2014, but now we’re learning in addition that it’s very likely the show will return to New York. The show first moved to California with famous host Johnny Carson, and Leno followed in suit.
We don’t exactly know when Fallon is said to take over for Leno. It was said that Leno would retire within the year, but who knows if Leno will even make it for that long. Leno has been bumping heads with NBC president Bob Greenblatt over his jokes about the network ranking in fifth place in the ratings. Taking the joke personally, Greenblatt and Leno have gone head to head. It was reported by the Hollywood Reporter, that Greenblatt fired off an email to Jay Leno after the February 28 episode.
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