NBC has announced its long-rumored switch in late night, replacing Jay Leno at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in 2014 and moving the show back to New York.
The move had been widely reported but not confirmed by the network until Wednesday. Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels will take over as producer of the new Tonight Show.
Steve Burke, chief executive officer of NBC Universal, said the network is purposefully making the move when Leno is still at the top of the ratings, just as when Leno replaced Johnny Carson. Fallon will take over in conjunction with NBC’s coverage of next year’s Winter Olympic games.
Leno, in a statement, offered his congratulations: “I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you’re the old guy. If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.”