Jimmy Fallon to Replace Jay Leno as Next 'Tonight Show' Host

December 18, 2012 By:
Jimmy Fallon to Replace Jay Leno as Next 'Tonight Show' Host

Revenge is a dish best served by an indecisive network exec. boardroom.

Somewhere in the depths of the Warner Bros. lot, Conan O’Brien is savoring every last ounce of the poetic justice in this headline: NBC is reportedly considering replacing Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon as the next “Tonight Show” host. 

The news spawns from a report via the New York Daily News. According to the story, in addition to the Leno getting bumped, network honchos are on the hunt for someone to take over Fallon’s current 12:35 a.m. slot held by “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

It isn’t exactly the super Leno snub that Conan may have dreamed about, though. Leno's contract—a deal worth $15 million for the unavoidable big-chinned television presence—is apparently set to expire in 2014. 

The move, NYDN guesses, is attempt by the network to boost ratings by capitalizing on a younger audience. 

If your memory is a bit foggy on the David vs. Goliath shenanigans of 2009 that Leno suffered on Conan, allow me to recap it for ya…

Conan was accepted to comedian-coveted role of “The Tonight Show” host. Leno threw a hissy fit. NBC, unable to provide some much needed tough network-parenting love, gave in to Leno, giving him a brand new 10:00 p.m. slot of his own. 

Unfortunately, Leno failed at sucking in viewers, which adversely affected Conan’s ratings. NBC gave ‘The Tonight Show” back Leno and Conan, royally pissed, left to the comforting bosom of TBS.