Jimmy Fallon to Replace Jay Leno on “Tonight Show”?

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — There are new reports that late night host Jay Leno could be out again — this time replaced by Jimmy Fallon.

According to the New York Daily News, talent agents say that they have been contacted by NBC execs looking for a new host to take over Fallon’s 12:35 a.m. slot.

Fallon is expected to move up to the coveted “Tonight Show” spot when Leno’s contract expires in 2014.

Back in 2009, NBC decided to replace Leno, 62, with Conan O’Brien, but Leno balked at the move.

NBC gave him a brand new show at 10 p.m., which flopped while stealing viewers from O’Brien’s “Tonight Show.”

Within months, O’Brien was out and Leno was restored to his former job. O’Brien eventually landed a late-night show on TBS.

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  • BGVA

    "Fallon is expected to move up to the coveted “Tonight Show” spot when Leno’s contract expires in 2014."
    And in 2015, Leno will return to the show once again!

  • John Huerta

    It Would Be Sad if Leno Goes Because He is The King of late Night, Remember What Happend to Conan O'Brien Back in 2009, Well The Same Thing Has Happened Once agains But With a Different Twist.

  • RJS

    Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno are great!! O'Brien simply was not the right personality for the show and still spreads his sour grapes and bad sportsmanship as shown in some of the comments. Enough already!! The public needs to move on because no one really knows what happened. Fallon will not have any problems with being the host of The Tonight show. Relax!

  • Sim sala bim

    Leno isn't funny. Since when does a joke get a reaction of applause, prompted by "applause" signs, instead of laughter?The show is too scripted. Fallon is even worse. I only watch for "Headlines" and "Free Photo Booth". Otherwise, just cancel the Tonight Show. Replace it with dead air time. It will be more interesting.

  • dsc22

    all I'm wondering is if Fallon was to take Leno's spot, would the things from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that include the many games played on the show by Fallon and the guests and #latenighthashtags etc. things like those, that are unique to Fallon's show. Honestly I'd prefer it that the entire "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" show switched time slots with "The Tonight Show" and gave whoever Fallon's replacement is The Tonight Show. Because in my opinion Late Night is built around Fallon's humor and The Tonight Show is centered around Leno's personality and humor – which isn't quite the same as Fallon's – Fallon is more of the "New Funny" and Leno is more of an "Old Funny" or "Outdated Funny"

  • Guest

    There were MANY years of "lead-up" to the Conan move. It was very UNclassy. Stories said that NBC was trying to keep Conan by giving him the job years in advance and it really was SUCH a poor way to set-up Leno as the "bad guy". HE was put in a terrible position by NBC, making him appear to be the one responsible for the demise of Conan, when, in fact, if Conan had the talent to carry the 11:30 show, he'd still have it.