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NBC Confirms Jimmy Fallon Will Replace Jay Leno In 2014

According to The New York Times, NBC has confirmed that Jimmy Fallon will, indeed, replace Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show beginning in late February 2014.

The network will reportedly announce today its plan to make Fallon the sixth host of the historic late-night show following the conclusion of its 2014 Winter Olympics coverage next February. As expected, the network will also move the show from its home in Los Angeles to 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York.

This confirmation seals the deal after weeks of heavy speculation and rumors about the upheaval. Leno’s monologue jabs at his bosses had taken a turn for the increasingly negative, and the Times then reported that execs were unhappy with his behavior and that Fallon was in line to replace the comedy vet next year.

The newspaper spoke with several NBC bigwigs, including SNL executive producer, who insist that the transition will be smooth and that there is no hard feelings between Leno and his successor. Many see the two late-night hosts’ spoof performance of West Side Story‘s “Tonight” as evidence of the amicable relationship.

Read the full report here.

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