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Jay Leno's Late Night Reign Is FINALLY Coming To An End! NBC Moving To REPLACE Him With Jimmy Fallon!

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Hmmm…this all sounds vaguely familiar, doesn't it?

And although we don't want to get our hopes up, our fingers will stay crossed that this move works out better than the last time they tried it!

More details are surfacing that seem to confirm our previous report that NBC is making moves to FINALLY show Jay Leno the door, as his contract with the The Tonight Show expires after the 2013-14 season…and execs with the network are hoping to segue Jimmy Fallon from Late Night into the much-sought-after 11:35 time slot, as early as the summer of 2014!

According to insiders, Leno is just as reluctant to leave as ever, because he doesn't want to retire before his CBS rival David Letterman does, but the network is eager to beef up the ratings game ever since ABC moved the comic's biggest hater, Jimmy Kimmel, into the 11:35 spot this past January.

They explain:

“The more time Jimmy Kimmel is in that slot, the more the young audience goes that way, the harder it is for Jimmy [Fallon] to keep that audience. Kimmel has done extremely well. Jay wins overall, but on any given night, it's neck-and-neck in 18-49. I understand where they might have fear and also feel that they own the solution [in Fallon.]"

Furthermore, NBC is afraid that if Letterman DOES, in fact, retire in 2014, CBS will try to poach Fallon from them…and end up re-living the entire Conan O'Brien controversy that we all endured in 2009 when Jay decided he wanted his old job back after the ginge-comedian was SECURED his old position!

Of course, a rep for Leno maintains:

"We do not speculate on rumor."

But we're fairly certain that come May upfronts, this will all turn out to be much more than just rumor!

At least we're praying it is!

Time to usurp the throne from Grandpa, Jimmy!

If Coco couldn't have the spot, then we can't think of anyone else who's more deserving!

What do U think? Should Fallon replace Leno on The Tonight Show?!

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26 comments to “Jay Leno's Late Night Reign Is FINALLY Coming To An End! NBC Moving To REPLACE Him With Jimmy Fallon!”

  1. thebigboot says – reply to this


    God I hope not, Jimmy Fallon is annoying. It'll kill the show.

  2. 2

    Good, now I would be actually up to watch him instead of watching the clips on here.

  3. Janah Trent says – reply to this


    Well, Leno DOES suck, so some good comes out of this…

  4. cheapster512 says – reply to this


    well theres always his (Leno) dayjob

  5. 5

    I really doubt Leno will be leaving. From what I've heard, there is wording in his new NBC contract that pretty much makes him able to stay as long as he likes, that they have to renew his contract. He's one of the most deplorable human beings in LA, by the way. Just an overall crappy person.

  6. bab says – reply to this


    Go ahead NBC, put the least funny option (Fallon) in that time slot. Watch as ratings drop to the level of all your other crappy shows.

  7. 7

    How about Jimmy Fallon and Joe Piscopo…then it would be a real laff riot…

  8. 8

    Conan is not there because basically he sucks and is soooo not funny. He is on cable, which where he belongs. Jimmy has become better and better since he took over that late slot, so he would do far better than Conan. But Leno is still ahead in the ratings … and it is all about the ratings. Not to mention that the NBC Chairman announced in January that Leno's contract was extended. Of course that could be re-evaluated since Comcast is completing the total buyout of NBC

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  10. 10

    jimmy fallon is awful. NBC sucks, not Leno

  11. 11

    Jimmy Fallon IS annoying, not funny. He was better doing skits on SNL. Coco is the best. NBC really messed up with that fiasco letting Jay go back.

  12. 12

    King Kimmel.

  13. 13

    I like Jay although I usually cannot stay up late enough to see him. Saw him a couple of times at the Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, CA (he performs sometimes on Sundays to try out new stuff) and he is really funny.

  14. 14

    Why can't they just let him retire on his own like Johnny??

  15. 15

    they both suck

  16. 16

    Nope, Jay Leno will never leave until he is dead or the ratings are low. NBC wants to keep him for ratings for sure. Oh please, drama drama.

  17. Ed says – reply to this


    I wish that people would for once, not comment about who they think sucks or who is or isn't funny. The fact remains, Leno kicked Carson to the curb early (Johnny had no intentions of retiring that early in his life). He f**ked over Letterman, as Letterman was contractually obligated to take over the Tonight Show when Carson did finally retire. He signed all these sneaky deals behind both Carson and Letterman's back.

    Then Leno screwed over Conan. Only Jay could think of putting into his contract with NBC that if they fired him and did not put him on the NBC network they would have to pay him $100+ million to go away, whereas Conan was just $40 million. It was all about money, and Jay's ego to claim 'The Tonight Show' as his own.

    Read Bill Carter's books, 'The Late Shift' and 'The War for Late Night.' And the HBO made-for-tv movie, 'The Late Shift.' Everything in it shows clearly what kind of snake and immoral person Jay Leno is.

    When NBC finally does make Jay go away, he sure as hell better not having a big Jay Leno Tonight Show finale, like he did in 2009 before Conan took over. Just leave, and don't say anything.

  18. yajaira ibarra says – reply to this


    i watch both jimmy kimmel and fallon but i personally like fallon better so for nbc it would be a good move

  19. me says – reply to this


    Leno rocks. He's funny and sarcastic but with actual humility (a refreshing change for Hollywood.) Don't want to see him go… like him.

  20. NE1 says – reply to this


    I think we learned the first time that Jay Leno isn't going anywhere.

  21. Marlene Emmett says – reply to this


    I CAN"T STAND Jimmy Kimmel!
    But find JIMMY FALLON FUNNY!!!

  22. David Wood says – reply to this


    If this change goes through, Jimmy better drive a stake through Leno's heart to make sure he's really dead.

  23. Mikey M says – reply to this


    Leno is a loser for coming back after Conan took over. A real weasel.

  24. GeorgeX says – reply to this


    It's gonna be great to watch Jimmy Kimmel kick Jimmy Fallon's butt!

  25. GeorgeX says – reply to this


    Leno wanted to take over from Carson and he did what it took. But he didn't force NBC to choose him it was their choice as a business decision. And the ratings proved he was the right choice. I think earlier on Carson could have maneuvered to have his tennis buddy Letterman take the spot but I think he was passive because he truly believed at the time that Letterman was the stronger host and he didn't want his successor to outshine his legacy. Got to give it to Carson though he was generous about allowing guest hosts, something the current crop all seem not to want to do.

  26. Cameron D says – reply to this


    Perez, congratulations on you becoming a dad. secondly, I think that The winner of all this network game planning is Jay Leno. Jay will probably get a gig from Fox and or ABC as a show following Jimmy Kimmel from LA. Fox would get instant ratings and build an audience that will be the anti-Jimmy Fallon.