Jimmy Fallon is replacing Jay Leno on The Tonight Show starting in 2014--at least that's the rumor going around. Fallon is the best replacement for Leno if he's really going to retire, but for some reason NBC is suddenly running scared about the prospective change.
According to a report from Hollywood Life, it seems NBC fears if they really do instigate this big late night talk show shake up, that Leno will go elsewhere to host another show.
"Talk has been made of a change from Jay to Jimmy, but not as serious as it's been believed and hyped in the media because NBC is scared if they do it, they think that Jay would go elsewhere. So the announcement of a change is not imminent and they are more prone on signing Jay to another contract," a source explains.
But if Leno is retiring, wouldn't that mean he'd stop doing live TV? Maybe he'd head to Las Vegas and do a regular show there or continue doing the big casino shows he's known for doing across the U.S.--like Foxwoods in Connecticut.
It's said, however, that the minute Jay gets done at NBC, he will almost immediately be pursued by other outlets, and one of them just might offer up something the late night comedian couldn't turn down.
"Jay Leno would be pursued immediately if he left NBC and a contract would be given to him from FOX. All he would have to do is say 'Yes' because Fox would be extremely interested," the source adds.
Diehard Leno fans aren't ready for The Tonight Show to pass the hat to Jimmy Fallon just yet. Staying up to watch Jimmy isn't all too difficult. The guy has fresh material, is hilarious, and can sing and play the guitar with the best of them.
Jay still appeals to a crowd that has kept him on late night TV for decades now. They probably would follow him if he left for another network. What do you think NBC will wind up doing? They certainly can't keep Jay on until he's in his 80s--or might they try?
It seems Jay will want to retire and play with his cars long before he gets that old--wouldn't you think?
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