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“Tonight” show moving to New York with Jimmy Fallon replacing Jay Leno

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The political influence of late-night TV shows makes THIS STORY proper grist for our mill:

NBC has committed to moving The Tonight Show to New York and replacing longtime host Jay Leno with current Late Night host Jimmy Fallon.

The New York Times on Wednesday reported that the network had not decided on an exact timetable to move to back from Burbank, California to the city where it debuted in 1954. The switch was expected to take place by the fall of 2014.

During his Monday night monologue, Leno had referred to his NBC bosses as “snakes,” signaling that a change was likely.

“You know the whole legend of St. Patrick, right? St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland, and then they came into the United States and became NBC executives,” the Tonight Show host said.

An NBC spokesperson declined to comment to the Times about the report.

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6 Comments

  1. Come a long way since Jerry Lester and Dagmar.

  2. Jimmy Fallon has some much more talent than Jay Leno. He deserves it.

  3. Steverino: I remember when you hosted the “Tonight” show from 1954 to 1957.

  4. Brian Opsahl

    Sounds like Jay has some sour grapes ….his horsehead monologs have become very boring..and of course everybody nows Jay is an R and Jimmy rides with Ds …so there ya go..!!

  5. Jay Leno is a very generous and sincere guy. I have no idea about his politics (which is refreshing), but his actions leave no doubt that he is a friend of blue collar workers.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20090408/leno-comedy-stimulus/

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