Jay Leno is set to retired. The well known stand-up-comedian and television host of the NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno will step away from his twenty two years of doing the hosting, this has been officially announced by the network on Wednesday.
Also NBC has said as expected thirty eight year old Jimmy Fallon will take his place, when Leno’s contract does end in the Spring of 2014. The show is set to return back to New York’s 30 Rock. Johnny Carson had moved the show, which did first premiere in 1954 (from Manhattan), west in 1972.
“Congratulations, Jimmy. I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you’re the old guy,” Leno said in a statement released by NBC. “If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.”
“I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow.”
“Jay Leno is an entertainment icon, making millions of people laugh every weeknight for more than 20 years,” Steve Burke, CEO of NBC Universal, said in a statement. “His long reign as the highest-rated late-night host is a testament to his work ethic and dedication to his viewers and to NBC.”