Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien talk 'Tonight Show' change

FallonFollowing yesterday's news that the rumors were true and that Jimmy Fallon had signed a deal to replace Jay Leno as the host of NBC's The Tonight Show in early 2014, late night hosts Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel both addressed the change, with each of them bringing a unique perspective on the change.

O'Brien famously was backdoored by Leno and lost The Tonight Show gig after having it for a few months, while Kimmel's cutting into younger demographics is the reason NBC decided to make this move, as well as the fact that Leno's contract expires late next year.

On O'Brien's TBS show, he gave a shout out to Fallon, saying that, "I want to congratulate Jimmy. That is a really fun gig. You laugh (to the laughing audience), he said, but it really is. Jimmy is the perfect guy to do it. He's going to do a fantastic job. So congratulations Jimmy."

O'Brien did not mention Leno, his former friend.

During Kimmel's monologue last night, he said that, "As you probably heard -- it was announced officially today -- that, starting in February of next year -- after the Olympics -- I will take over as new host of The Tonight Show. I spoke to Jay on the phone today. … Excuse me for one moment. [confers with a staffer] OK. Ummm -- apparently it was a different Jimmy. Are you sure? Hold on."

"OK -- turns out, I will not be hosting The Tonight Show," he continued. "Does anyone know what the return policy is on yachts?"


- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
- Jimmy Kimmel
- Conan O'Brien

Written by: Hamatosan
Apr 4th, 2013, 7:09 am

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Message Posted On Apr 5th, 2013, 12:50 am
I will miss The Tonight Show, but let's face it, I have more important things to do: such as finding out which network will have the intelligence to hire him for a new show.

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Message Posted On Apr 4th, 2013, 11:46 am

Small correction, Conan didn't 'lose' The Tonight Show. He gave it up.
He could still be hosting The Tonight Show if he was willing to take the offer that was presented at the time, having Jay host a 1/2 hour show and Tonight being moved to 12.05, but he didn't want to so he quit.

Granted it was a bad idea to start with but NBC was trying anything they could to not spend millions buying out Jay's contract.


Message Posted On Apr 4th, 2013, 11:19 am
Stopped watching Fallon a couple years ago, same damn skits every week. I don't recall him having any guests I care to tune into in a long while! Leno, I don't know, I just lost taste for him in the past few years also. Oh well, but Kimmel is hilarious and I just started watching him in the past couple years. I've always loved Conan, I just wish he'd bring back the skits he used to do on Late Night. Where he'd go out in public or on trips and stuff. Just like when Slash was on and they went to this guys house and bought a bicycle and things. LOL
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