NBC has officially announced that Jimmy Fallon will take over The Tonight Show in 2014, and Jay Leno will end his run as the host of the show. Bill Carter of The New York Times reports that Fallon, currently the host of Late Night, will begin hosting the show in February. Fallon has hosted Late Night since 2009, and along with his house band The Roots, has developed a variety show that blends music, celebrity impressions and an enthusiastic approach to the talk show format to make it one of the most unique late night programs on the air. Lorne Michaels executive produces Fallon’s current show, and will produce The Tonight Show in addition to his Saturday Night Live duties.
Awwww, poor Leno. Except not really, because the guy has been coasting on the most pandering, white bread comedy for years now and basically screwed over a far better comedian and host (Conan O’Brien) because he couldn’t bring in decent ratings on his own. So no, I can’t really say I feel sorry for the guy, although chances are he’ll get another show where he can make jokes for those have no understanding of humor.