Once again, there’s going to be a transition. Once again, Jay Leno will be leaving his dream job for a younger, newer replacement from the 12:35 hour. However, this time it seems like Jay Leno is going along with the plan to kick him out of his 22-year reign as the king of late night television talk shows. Jimmy Fallon will be taking over The Tonight Show in February 2014.
“Hello! Welcome! This is Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, for now. 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.” Later, Fallon became emotional, saying, “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.”
Forgive me if I don’t buy into it completely. We’ve seen this song and dance before. Jay gave up The Tonight Show under duress when Conan O’Brien took over, and it didn’t take him long before he started angling to get the job back. Why would he be willing and ready to step away now? Did the negative response from the public and lowered ratings push him away again?
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