/// It’s Official: Fallon Will Succeed Leno as Tonight Show Host

April 3, 2013  |  Media Week

After weeks of poorly contained leaks and a very public airing of grievances, NBC on Wednesday made it official, confirming that Jimmy Fallon will succeed Jay Leno as the host of The Tonight Show . Leno will part ways with NBC in spring of 2014, a few months before his current contract with the network is set to expire. A loyal soldier, Leno last fall agreed to a 50 percent pay cut, reducing his annual salary to $15 million. The voluntary reduction in his take-home pay helped save dozens of Tonight Show jobs. “Congratulations Jimmy,” Leno said in a statement released this afternoon. “I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you’re the old guy. If you need me, I’ll be at the garage .” Fallon’s shift to the 11:35 p.m. time slot will coincide with an even more comprehensive move, as The Tonight Show will return to its original home at 30 Rockefeller Plaza after a 42-year stint in Burbank, Calif

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It’s Official: Fallon Will Succeed Leno as Tonight Show Host


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