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NBC Confirms Jay Leno’s Replacement

Jay Leno & Jimmy Fallon
Jordan Strauss/Invision, via Associated Press

After many rumors and stories swirling about Jay Leno leaving The Tonight Show…. Today NBC confirmed Jimmy Fallon will take over.  The Tonight Show is the most successful program in late night television.

According the the NY Times, NBC will also confirm reports that it plans to shake up the axes of the television industry by moving the show from its longtime home in Los Angeles to its birthplace, New York.

The announcement comes after weeks of news media reports that the changes were imminent and speculation about behind-the-scenes friction between NBC and Mr. Leno. Tensions between the two stretch back to Mr. Leno’s first departure from “Tonight” in 2009 and the tumultuous transition to Conan O’Brien that followed. That move ended with Mr. O’Brien leaving the network after nine weeks on the show and Mr. Leno resuming his role as host.

But Mr. Leno said in an interview: “The main difference between this and the other time is I’m part of the process. The last time the decision was made without me. I came into work one day and — you’re out.” This time around “there really aren’t any complications like there were the last time,” he added. “This time it feels right.”

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