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http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/TV/2013/03/02/Jay-Leno-leaving-NBCs-Tonight-next-season/UPI-18171362200846/

Jay Leno leaving NBC's 'Tonight' next season?

LOS ANGELES, March 2 (UPI) -- The 2013-14 television season will be the last for Jay Leno as host of "The Tonight Show" in Los Angeles, The Hollywood Reporter quoted two sources as saying.

Public confirmation regarding Leno's departure is expected to be made in May when "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon is announced as his successor on the 11:35 p.m. program.

"We do not speculate on rumor," Leno's representative told THR Friday.

The move is apparently being considered because NBC feels Fallon can better compete with the younger-skewing Jimmy Kimmel, whose "Live!" program ABC moved into the 11:35 p.m. time slot in January, the entertainment industry trade newspaper said.



http://news.yahoo.com/jay-lenos-days-hosting-tonight-numbered-152706493.html

So, why is the network making the switch? The youngs, apparently. Kids aren't watching Leno anymore. They prefer the funny jokes of former Man Show host Jimmy Kimmel over on ABC. Well, no, that's a bit glib. Leno is consistently beating Kimmel in the coveted 18-34 demographics, but Kimmel is competitive, and that scares NBC. They need some pep. A youthful rejuvenation, if you will, in the form of the real-life leprechaun Fallon.

Another reason for the possible ouster: Jay Leno is effing expensive and NBC is (mostly) broke. Money is not growing on trees in Rockefeller Center. Leno made headlines last summer for selflessly taking a pay cut to save some Tonight jobs, but he still makes a pile of cash. Something to the tune of $20 million per year. Put it this way: Leno makes more money than Derek Jeter and Lionel Messi, but slightly less than A-Rod.

It's important to note Masters doesn't credit the move to Leno's desire to retire. Let's not mince words here: if this happens, it's because Leno is being pushed out. Masters notes how Leno would never, ever in a million years want to leave TV before his bitter enemy, David Letterman. (Think of how amazingly smug Letterman would be the night after Leno's retirement episode.) The fact of the matter is Fallon would be considerably cheaper to pay than Leno for a network that needs to cut costs. There's some debate over whether The Tonight Show is still a revenue generator for NBC, anyway. Switching to a cheaper, and just-so-happens-to-be-younger host may put the show back into the black.









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I hope they learned something from the Conan fiasco and won't be giving Leno his own show at an earlier time again or anything like that.



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"effing expensive" ? -weird to see that in a print article-even online.
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A transition at the Tonight Show? Well, this will SURELY go as smoothly as planned!

It's impossible to state how well this whole late night fiasco worked out for Jimmy Fallon. His "apprenticeship" for the top job will have ended up being five years, far less time than Conan put in at Late Night.



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NBC should turn their logo into a peacock doing a facepalm.
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This seems doomed to fail.

I love Fallon. His is the only late night show I watch. But it was my understanding after the Conan fiasco that part of the problem was that the Tonight Show audience expects a tame, old school Leno-type show, and Conan just doesn't do that type of comedy.

Now Fallon's not particularly risque, but his jokes skew even younger than Conan's. With all the late night hashtags and slow jamming the news and playing beer pong with guests and the effing Roots as the house band, I don't know that he can do vanilla, old school late night comedy.

I hope I'm wrong though.

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Maybe the logic is that the old-timers turning in at 11:30 will take to Fallon because he's so darn likable and reminds them of their grandkids.







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I was really skeptical about Fallon when he took over, but he completely won me over (Higgins, his sidekick, is also amazingly funny). At this point, what does NBC have to lose? Leno's not going to get any stronger. Better to move on, give Jimmy a chance to build an audience (which, since he seems to be a network golden boy, he might get a better chance to do than they gave Conan).



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    Originally posted by dwaters
    "effing expensive" ? -weird to see that in a print article-even online.


Esquire has adopted "fck" and "fcking" in the past year. In a magazine devoted to women, drinking, and sex advice, clothes, and current events, what fourth-grader do they think is reading them?

As long as Letterman outlasts Leno, I don't care what NBC does.



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He'll be back. History repeats itself.



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    Originally posted by Oliver
    He'll be back. History repeats itself.


...and is doomed to fail.



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Fox will throw a pile of money at him and NBC will fold out of desperation to keep that sweet, sweet, old people money.

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they could not confirm this but I was listening to "The (Sports) Junkies" on the radio this morning and they said that they heard rumors that NBC is trying to get Tina Fey to take Fallon's time slot if/when he takes over the Tonight Show.



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    Originally posted by XPacArmy
    they could not confirm this but I was listening to "The (Sports) Junkies" on the radio this morning and they said that they heard rumors that NBC is trying to get Tina Fey to take Fallon's time slot if/when he takes over the Tonight Show.


I'm sure they'd love that, but according to the recent Rolling Stone article on 30 Rock, the series ended primarily because Fey was exhausted after the birth of her second child. Sounds unlikely that:
a) she'd take on a daily show; and
b) NBC would bury her at 12:30.




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    Originally posted by Matt Tracker

    I'm sure they'd love that, but according to the recent Rolling Stone article on 30 Rock, the series ended primarily because Fey was exhausted after the birth of her second child. Sounds unlikely that:
    a) she'd take on a daily show; and
    b) NBC would bury her at 12:30.



I think they know where their farmteam comes from - Conan and Jimmy both came from SNL, so I think they would look there - Seth Myers would be my choice.



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Won't anyone give Carson Daly a chance?!?!?

I honestly think Seth may take over for Lorne when he retires. If wishes were fishes, I'd give it to Will Arnett. I think he'd be a fine host in the Tom Snyder/Dick Cavett vein.



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Read it and weep, fella


Crazy how quickly NBC found Conan to be expendable when they thought they might lose leno, now look how quick (if this is all true) they are to ditch Leno to skew younger.



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Not so crazy, DJFF.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/21/business/media/tonight-show-expected-to-return-to-new-york-with-fallon.html?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=BU_JLT_20130320&_r=0


‘Tonight,’ With New Host, Set to Reclaim Its New York Roots


NBC has settled on two new stars for “The Tonight Show”: Jimmy Fallon and New York City.

The network has made a commitment to Mr. Fallon, the current host of its “Late Night” program, for him to succeed Jay Leno as the next host of “Tonight,” according to several senior television executives involved in the decision. As part of the agreement, the show would move from Burbank, Calif., back to New York, where it started in 1954 with Steve Allen as host.

NBC has not completed a deal with Mr. Fallon yet, but his assent is considered mostly a formality, since the move would represent a significant step up for him. And the network has not settled on an exact timetable for the switch, though it is expected to take place by fall 2014 at the latest, said the executives, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because discussions were still continuing.

One senior executive who has been involved in the discussions said on Wednesday that “there is no way on earth that this is not going to happen.”

The move to Mr. Fallon would be a significant cultural, and geographic, shift. Mr. Leno delivers a more traditional Las Vegas-style comedy act that is viewed as a link to previous hosts, including his immediate predecessor, Johnny Carson. Mr. Fallon, 38, offers a more contemporary and varied brand of entertainment, with a heavy reliance on the Internet. His best material gains additional life on sites like YouTube, and he actively courts interaction with his viewers by having them submit comedy ideas through Twitter.

NBC has been desperate to avoid a repeat of the circuslike atmosphere that accompanied previous transitions on “Tonight,” the executives said. The changing of the guard is one of the biggest personnel decisions in television, and has always been fraught with intrigue and back-room maneuvering.

Three years ago, NBC’s effort to replace Mr. Leno with Conan O’Brien ended in recriminations and a definitive reversal; Mr. Leno was reinstated as host after only seven months, and NBC endured weeks of negative news coverage. In the early 1990s, Mr. Leno and David Letterman engaged in an often acrimonious competition to replace Mr. Carson.

But a transition totally free of tumult may be difficult to accomplish. Already there has been sniping between Mr. Leno and NBC’s top entertainment executive, Robert Greenblatt, over some stinging jokes Mr. Leno made in his monologue about the failure of NBC’s prime-time schedule.

Mr. Greenblatt, who is responsible for that schedule, directed some pointed criticism at Mr. Leno in an e-mail to him. Mr. Leno stood his ground in a response, asserting that jokes spoofing the network are part of the job for a late-night host.

Mr. Leno, who will turn 63 next month, has continued to take shots at NBC’s management. On Monday, he joked about how the snakes that St. Patrick drove from Ireland came to the United States and became NBC executives.

The network has sought to temper the feud while it works out its plans for the show’s future — which center on Mr. Fallon.

Mr. Leno’s “Tonight” show still regularly leads in the late-night ratings. But by turning to Mr. Fallon, NBC hopes to counter what it regards as its biggest late-night competitor of the future, Jimmy Kimmel, who in January moved his show on ABC from midnight to 11:35 p.m.

Many TV executives speculated that NBC could not afford to wait too long to promote Mr. Fallon, or it might risk having Mr. Kimmel, 45, lock up the young-adult viewers who are the economic lifeblood of late-night television.

NBC has quietly begun work on a new studio in its headquarters building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza as the home for the new “Tonight Show,” two executives said. The studio is part of a general reconstruction of the building being undertaken by Comcast, which this week completed a full takeover of NBCUniversal.

An NBC spokeswoman declined to comment on the move, other than to say the network was building a new state-of-the-art studio for Mr. Fallon.

There are many reasons that Mr. Fallon would prefer to remain in New York, where he has starred on “Late Night” for four years. He is a native of New York State (from Saugerties, just south of Albany) and his longtime association with the producer Lorne Michaels could be kept intact if he stayed in New York. Mr. Fallon made his reputation at 30 Rockefeller as a star on Mr. Michaels’s centerpiece show, “Saturday Night Live.”

Perhaps most important, Mr. Fallon could ensure the continued participation of his house band, the Roots, who have been an integral part of the show and whose members are close to Mr. Fallon.

A move to New York would also return “Tonight” to its roots, after an absence of more than four decades. Beginning in 1954, it was broadcast every evening from Manhattan, first from the Hudson Theater with Mr. Allen as host, followed by Jack Paar and Johnny Carson, both of whom worked at 30 Rockefeller. But in 1972, Mr. Carson, looking for easier access to Hollywood guests, as well as a different lifestyle, moved the show permanently to Burbank.

Mr. Fallon now occupies the studio where Mr. Carson was working in the 1960s and early 1970s. His “Late Night” show is broadcast at 12:35 a.m. Eastern time, after Mr. Leno on “Tonight.”

A New York “Tonight Show” will join a metropolitan landscape already filled with late-night comedy programs, including “Late Show With David Letterman” on CBS and shows featuring Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central. One lingering question is what NBC will do with its “Late Night” franchise, which has always been based in New York.

Mr. O’Brien hosted that program before Mr. Fallon, and it had been speculated before his ascension to “Tonight” that he might try to keep working in New York, where he had thrived. But at the time, NBC insisted “Tonight” had become a Hollywood-centric show and needed to stay in California.

Mr. Fallon quickly impressed NBC’s new management under Comcast, and his succession has been widely expected for at least a year. The only question has been when.

The potential timetable for the change — sometime in the next 18 months — has been tied to Mr. Leno’s current contract, which ends in fall 2014, as well as the need to sign Mr. Fallon to a new deal.

Another complicating factor has been Mr. Leno’s success in the ratings.

In recent weeks, he has continued to finish first — always in the category of total viewers and usually among viewers ages 18 to 49, the most sought-after group for late-night advertisers.

As one of the executives involved in the planning of the shift to Mr. Fallon put it: “And then Jay manages to stay ahead of Kimmel. How often has that guy been underestimated?”






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The fact that Bill Carter wrote that article means that it almost certainly true that this is being planned. Whether or not it will actually happen... Well cf. the last quote of that article.



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