Following 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?"