Leno: Yep, I'm Gone Next Year

Jimmy Fallon expected to take over 'Tonight Show' in February

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 3, 2013 12:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – The worst-kept secret in Hollywood is secret no more. NBC and Jay Leno confirmed today that Leno will leave his Tonight Show in 2014 after 22 years and turn over hosting duties to Jimmy Fallon, says the Hollywood Reporter. As part of the move, Fallon will indeed bring the show back from the West Coast to 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City. Fallon will take over in February, reports the New York Times.

The pair had goofed on the controversy a few days ago, and Leno sounds upbeat, at least publicly. "Congratulations Jimmy," he said in a statement. "I hope you're as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you're the old guy. If you need me, I'll be at the garage.” THR thinks Seth Meyers is the frontrunner to replace Fallon on Late Night. Click for more.

This Jan. 13, 2013, file photo shows Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon at the Golden Globes.
This Jan. 13, 2013, file photo shows Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon at the Golden Globes.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, file)
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