Finally, Jay Leno may be leaving The Tonight Show. He will not be leaving today, tonight, or tomorrow, but a new report says his days behind Carson's old desk are numbered.
The Hollywood Reporter's Kim Masters reports the 2013-2014 season will be Jay Leno's last as Tonight Show host. Jimmy Fallon, that loveable scamp hosting NBC's Late Night show, will be announced his successor, per tradition, in the summer of next year. NBC and Leno say it ain't happening, but what do they know?
But wait, you're saying, you've heard this story before. You may remember Leno left The Tonight Show briefly in 2009 to host an earlier version of what was essentially still The Tonight Show for NBC. The Tonight mantle was handed off to Conan O'Brien, noted funnyman and then Late Night host, to mixed results. Leno couldn't find footing in the earlier time slot, and the network wasn't pleased with O'Brien's struggles to get accustomed to being on TV a half an hour earlier. And so Leno reclaimed his Tonight Show spot from O'Brien in 2010 after a long, public fight between the network and Leno's successor. Since, Leno has enjoyed late-night rating supremacy while O'Brien has enjoyed performing his schtick on TBS for Andy Richter and some elderly people in Florida who can't find the remote.