Jay Leno announces 'Tonight Show' exit
Jay Leno hosted "The Tonight Show" since 1992 (with one brief break).
April 3rd, 2013
01:46 PM ET

Jay Leno announces 'Tonight Show' exit

On Wednesday, Jay Leno confirmed the rampant reports that he's once again departing "The Tonight Show," presumably for good this time.

He'll wrap up his 22-year run as host in spring 2014, with Jimmy Fallon officially signing on as his replacement.

The expectation that he would leave NBC's legendary late-night program has been building recently. NBC execs told The Hollywood Reporter and The New York Times in early March that Leno was going to be out and someone else, most likely "Late Night" host Fallon, was going to be in.

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  1. The Prophet

    All of us get old all of us at some point need to step aside, best wish Jay maybe now you can do more riding perhaps start a foundation for kids.
    All the best my friend,

    April 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff

    I agree

    April 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TvNyC

    Good hes not funny.

    April 3, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. persidamontanez

    Reblogged this on persidam.

    April 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    Leno retiring? ROTFLMAO

    April 3, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marisa

    Way to go Jimmy!!!!! Less DVR, more watching live with early time slot!! Way to go Jimmy on not giving up NY to switch!!! That's a TRUE New Yorker!!

    April 3, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Fallon is much funnier.

    April 3, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Agreed, Chrissy; I like Jimmy Fallon enormously.

      April 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Johnny was better than all of them put together !
    Here's Johnnnnnnnnnnnny ! 😉

    April 3, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Only prob is i like jimmy kimmel too and now they will be on at the same time.

    April 3, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bambi

    Nice man,but his material was soooooo lame & boring.mary is right,johnny was the best

    April 3, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ronvan

    Don't really watch these guys much anymore but if there is ever another like Johnny Carson, who for me was the best ever, I will definitely watch!

    April 4, 2013 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |