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Jimmy Fallon Could Be Heading To The Tonight Show
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Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
   
   
  Originally Published on: 3/24/2013

There could be another Jimmy moving to the prime-time slot of late-night talk. CNN's Nischelle Turner reports on the growing buzz surrounding "The Tonight Show" and it's potential new host. Could "The Tonight Show" be returning to New York? And with "Late Night's" Jimmy Fallon taking over for Jay Leno? According to various reports, it might happen by the fall of 2014 at the latest. No official word yet, but NBC is building a brand new New York studio for Fallon, who already broadcasts from the Big Apple. The dramatic cross-country move would take the late-nght talk show back to its roots, where Steve Allen, Jack Parr and Johnny Carson held court from 30 Rockefeller Center. In 1972, Carson, looking for easier access to Hollywood guests, took the show to the west coast. So why go back to New York? "That's his comfort zone. That's where Lorne Michaels, who oversees his show, is. These days, air travel is a lot easier and a lot of stars are in New York, as well, so I don't think that will hurt him too much," says Joe Flint, L.A. Times media writer. Flint says don't forget that other Jimmy. "Advertisers pay more for younger viewers, and Jimmy Kimmel, since he went to 11:30 from midnight, is making inroads in that audience. NBC wants to get Fallon in there sooner rather than later, before Kimmel gets too established," Flint says. Kimmel spoke to CNN's Jake Tapper about Fallon taking over "The Tonight Show." "There's talk about Mr. Leno's departure, although I've read those stories before," Tapper said. "I know. You know, you read stories, and you really never know if they're true or not unless you hear it from somebody over there," Kimmel said. "Do you think it's a direct...It has to be a direct response to you coming and," asked Tapper. "God, I hope so. I really...I don't know. I mean, I have no idea. I mean, well, obviously, NBC is looking to move on, because they did it once already. This would be the second time that this has happened. So I mean, it makes perfect sense, and Jimmy Fallon is doing a great job, and he's very popular. And so, I mean, eventually, it's going to happen one way or the other," Kimmel said. And how does Leno feel about all of this? "Jay is still number one, but his grasp on the audience has slipped a bit. He knows he won't be in this job forever. And there was always a little bit of tension between Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien. That doesn't really exist between him and Jimmy Fallon, so I think that also helps as well. There's just better relationships there all around," Flint says. In fact, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Fallon called Leno smooth things over and ease the transition of coasts and hosts!
   
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