Jimmy Fallon the new “Tonight Show” host


Jimmy Fallon the new “Tonight Show” host

“Here’s Jimmy”

It’s official, Jimmy Fallon is the new “Tonight Show” host.  NBC will announce today the Jay Leno will be replaced as the late night show’s host.  Mr. Fallon will take over the show after NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia, in 2014.

The relationship between Mr. Leno and the network have never been more than cordial at best.  Leno left the show in 2009 after disagreements with NBC.  Conan O’Brien hosted the show for 8 months.  He left and Leno returned.

Giving a reason for his comeback, Leno made the following statement:

But Mr. Leno said in an interview: “The main difference between this and the other time is I’m part of the process. The last time the decision was made without me. I came into work one day and — you’re out.” This time around “there really aren’t any complications like there were the last time,” he added. “This time it feels right.”

Jimmy Fallon, who is the present host of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”, will not have to move.  When he takes over the show, it will be moved back to its original location at 30 Rock, in New York City.

Joked Fallon, 38: “I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow.”

Although tensions had escalated between Steve Burke, the chief executive of NBC Universal, none appeared to exist between the two late night hosts.

Amid the overheated rumors of the past month, Mr. Fallon said he and Mr. Leno talked frequently and made sure they remained on friendly terms. “I have nothing but respect for Jay,” Mr. Fallon said. “If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have a show to be taking over.”

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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