Jimmy Fallon will take over from veteran Jay Leno next year as host of the NBC flagship talk program "The Tonight Show," NBC said on Wednesday, bringing a younger feel to the competitive late-night landscape on U.S. television.
Leno, 62, will wrap up what will be 22 years as host of "The Tonight Show" in the spring of 2014 - some seven months before his contract was officially due to end.
Wednesday's announcement ended months of speculation and followed a skit on Fallon's show by him and Leno on Monday night in which they played down reports of rivalry and made fun of the rumor mill.
People instantly took to Twitter after hearing the Leno-Fallon announcement. Here are some of the best responses to the news.
Wow, Leno has been on 22 years? Scary to think there are people reading this who have no idea who Johnny Carson is.— Jonathan Long (@Weezul) April 3, 2013
Look, there’s so much contentiousness with Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon & the Tonight Show, I guess I’ll begrudgingly host it for you cool thanks!— Mike Roe (@MikeRoe) April 3, 2013
I assume Jimmy Fallon's holding off on a Twitter announcement to let Jay Leno break the news on Friendster.— Daniel Fienberg (@HitFixDaniel) April 3, 2013
Jimmy Fallon will take over the Tonight Show next year. Related: David Letterman should check his brake lines -- I saw Conan by his car.— Kenny Vee (@KennyVee) April 3, 2013
Do people under 30 watch Leno or Letterman or whoever the heck else has one of those shows? I thought everyone my age watched @thedailyshow— Ginger Gibson (@GingerGibson) April 3, 2013
Keep your chin up, Jay Leno. #wakkawakka— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) April 3, 2013
I'm thrilled about Fallon. He will re-invent The Tonight Show. But then I get sad about Conan, who worked for years and got dick.— Matt Silverman (@Matt_Silverman) April 3, 2013
Jay Leno announces he's passing the torch to Jimmy Fallon; Conan O'Brien throws himself on his bed, body wracked with heaving sobs.— Noah Antwiler (@TheSpoonyOne) April 3, 2013
Jimmy Fallon is replacing Leno. Tina Fey might replace Fallon. Can I replace Carson Daly?— Lou Magelowitz (@LouMagel) April 3, 2013
Letterman, Conan, and Craig all have this relaxed feeling that you don't see with Fallon. I don't think you can teach that.— Matthew Truckz (@Saab_Man_Lutz) April 3, 2013
Anyone remember when young, white-hot Jay Leno appearing on cranky, smarmy Dave Letterman's show was a don't miss event? #WhyAllTheHate?— Frank Snotra (@FrankSnotra) April 3, 2013
So it's true Jimmy Fallon is going to replace Leno??!! Finally!! Is show is the best an now I don't have 2 stay up late 2 watch it!!— Charlie James (@CharlieJames88) April 3, 2013
These were a few responses over Fallon taking over The Tonight Show. What’s your take on the news? Let us know with your comments.