In news that surprises no one, Jimmy Fallon has inherited ‘The Tonight Show’ from Jay Leno. NBC confirmed rumors on Wednesday that Fallon would be taking over for Leno next Spring, and both hosts took the chance to address the the big news during their shows.
“Hello! Welcome! This is Late Night with Jimmy Fallon…For now, Fallon joked during Wednesday’s taping. He went on to say, “You guys probably heard the news – I’m going to be taking over the Tonight Show next February! But don’t worry. Until February, our focus is right here on whatever this show is called…I want to thank everyone here at Late Night, the staff, the crew, and of course The Roots. I have to say thanks to Jay Leno for being so gracious. It means so much to me to have his support. I just want to thank the fans for staying up to 12:35am and watching us.”
Of course Jay couldn’t help taking another swipe at NBC’s low ratings, and his old rival David Letterman during his monologue.
“I got to be honest with you, I had a really awkward day today. I had to call David Letterman and tell him he didn’t get ‘The Tonight Show’ again. Awful! Terrible.” If that didn’t make you roll your eyes, he also said, “I have just one request for Jimmy: We’ve all fought, kicked and scratched, to get this network up to fifth place, now we have to keep it there! Jimmy, don’t let it slip into sixth!
Letterman also addressed the news on his show, getting in a dig at Leno and NBC’s history of backtracking.
“It seems like we just went through this. Didn’t we just go through this? Jay Leno now is being replaced, and this is the second time this has happened. I mean, it’s crazy. He’s being replaced by a younger late-night talk show host — what could possibly go wrong? Honestly. They had pretty good luck with this in the past.”
The man has a point. Is Jay really leaving this time around? I don’t hate Leno or anything, but the way he and the network screwed over Conan O’Brien back in 2010 left a bad impression that has made me dislike him ever since. To be fair, some of ‘The Tonight Show”s issues during Conan’s short lived stint were O’Brien’s fault. I didn’t think he would bring in the silly sketches that made him so likable on ‘Late Night,’ but there was something missing that kept me, a Conan fan, from tuning in.
I wish Jimmy luck, and if the other rumors are true and the show will be moving back to New York, I don’t think Fallon will have the same trouble with the show that Conan did. Of course, now Fallon will be going up against Letterman, and the other other Jimmy, but given the success Kimmel has had this might show that the younger, and frankly funnier, guys are taking over. But can we get a female or minority late night host, please?!