It’s been one of the longest-running rumors in television news recently, and now, it seems, it’s on its way to becoming true.
Jimmy Fallon, the current host of “Late Night,” will reportedly replace Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” within the next 12 to 18 months.
The move appears to be an effort to draw a younger crowd to the talk show—and better jokes.
The decision will also force the show to relocate from its current home in Los Angeles to New York City.
The New York Times has the story, which claims that NBC has made a commitment to Fallon, but the deal is still in its final stages. However, it’s a pretty sure thing at this point.
“There is no way on earth that this is not going to happen,” a source told the news outlet.
Of course, this great news for anyone still furious over the Leno-Conan O’Brien drama that happened three years ago, where the big-chinned blockhead cried until he got what he wanted.
So far, the Leno-Fallon handoff seems to be a little more cordial. The two even presented at the 2013 Golden Globes together.
On the offer to step up to the coveted spot as “Tonight Show” helmer, Fallon told GQ, “I mean, in the nicest way, who really cares," he says. "In the nicest way. It would be great, sure, I guess. I'd love it, but it's not on my mind.”