After weeks of speculation and a pretty funny musical short, its officially official. Jimmy Fallon will replace Jay Leno on the Tonight Show. Next Spring in 2014, Jimmy will be the host of the new New York City headed Tonight Show. Jay released the following statement:
“Congratulations, Jimmy. I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you’re an old guy,” Leno, 62, said. “If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.”
Joked Fallon, 38: “I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow.”.
“Jimmy Fallon is a unique talent and this is his time,” NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said. “I’m thrilled he will become the sixth host of ‘The Tonight Show.’”
The move was definitely expected as newcomer Jimmy Kimmel has been rising the ranks since his move to the 11:35 timeslot.
No word on whether The Roots will continue to be the house band for Jimmy, and if much the show’s current format will change. But Lorne Michaels (of SNL fame) will serve as the executive producer of the new revamped Tonight Show.