“Congratulations Jimmy,” Jay Leno said. “I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you’re the old guy. If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.”
“I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow,” Fallon said, referring to his current past-midnight time slot on “Late Night.”
NBC CEO Steve Burke, said they waited until the right time to make the “Tonight Show” change.
“We are purposefully making this change when Jay is #1, just as Jay replaced Johnny Carson when it was #1,” Burke said. “Jimmy Fallon is a unique talent and this is his time.”
“The Tonight Show” will also be moving to Fallon’s current home of New York City from Los Angeles.