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Jay Leno to be replaced by Jimmy Fallon by 2014: report

Increasingly angry Leno to depart "Tonight Show" in favor of younger, sunnier Fallon


Daniel D'Addario
March 20, 2013 11:56PM (UTC)

Bill Carter, who's been on the late-night television beat since Jay Leno outmaneuvered David Letterman to take over "The Tonight Show," reports a new twist in the saga: NBC has made a "commitment," short of a deal, for "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon to take over the flagship show by fall 2014.

This means that Jay Leno would be out of a job -- a situation he's found himself in before, when he was replaced by Conan O'Brien (who, like Fallon, anchored the 12:35 a.m. "Late Night"). Leno twisted NBC's arm, then, to give him a show at 10 p.m. (threatening to move and bring his legions of fans to another network), and the low ratings of the prime-time show led to O'Brien's low ratings. Leno returned months after his farewell "Tonight Show" appearance.

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Leno, who lately has been making news for his sharp critiques of NBC's ratings and executives, is one of the network's few durable stars; he leads the ratings against David Letterman on CBS and the newly-installed Jimmy Kimmel on ABC.


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