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Report: Leno retiring in 2014, Fallon to take over 'Tonight' slot

Posted by Erica Thompson  March 4, 2013 09:37 AM

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Jay Leno is reportedly retiring (again) from his role as host on "The Tonight Show" come summer 2014, according to sources for the Hollywood Reporter.

A Leno rep would not "speculate on rumor," according to the HR post.

Who will fill the coveted 11:35 time slot? Sources say former SNL cast-member and host of his own late-night NBC talk show, Jimmy Fallon, may take the seat. Fallon is seen as an ideal choice given his appeal to a younger crowd, helping him compete with ABC's Jimmy Kimmel, according to Hollywood Reporter sources.

NBC tried a similar switch in the lineup in 2009 when Conan O'Brien moved his show to the "Tonight Show" slot, but the move didn't stick. Leno tried his hand at a 10 p.m. show and later regained the reigns of the "Tonight Show" slot, forcing O'Brien to jump ship. O'Brien, a Brookline native, now hosts "Conan" on TNT.

Is Jimmy Fallon a good choice for a Leno replacement? Tell us what you think!

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