Well, if you have been paying attention for the last few weeks, today's rumor that Jimmy Fallon has signed the deal to replace Jay Leno as the host of The Tonight Show should come as no surprise.
A source close to the rumored negotiations says that the deal closed today. The move has been expected for about a month now, as it was reported that NBC was preparing to make a move, due in part to Leno's expiring contract in September of 2014 as well as the rise of Jimmy Kimmel at ABC.
Leno and Fallon did an on-air duet last night to ease the rumors and the general state of discomfort felt by both men. For Leno, there is probably a sense of deja vu in this, following his 2009 Tonight Show feud with Conan O'Brien.
It is not known at this point when exactly Fallon will move up an hour. NBC is reportedly deciding between a February 2014 launch to drawn in the Winter Olympics audience, or holding back and waiting until Leno's deal expires. Given Leno's attitude towards NBC, I would assume it will happen sooner rather than later.
Seth Meyers still remains the front runner to take over for Fallon with Late Night.
"It will be Seth unless something goes awry [in the dealmaking,]" said an inside source.