On April 3, NBC confirmed that Late Night’s Jimmy Fallon would be taking over The Tonight Show in 2014. Besides Conan O’Brien’s brief stint in 2009, Jay Leno has hosted the popular show for over 22 years. “Congratulations Jimmy, I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you’re the old guy,” said Leno in a statement. “If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.” Fallon added, “I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow.” Although no official announcement has been made about Fallon’s replacement, Seth Meyers appears to be the favorite. Meyers would be the fourth host of Late Night, after David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon. Like O’Brien and Fallon, Meyers gained notoriety on Saturday Night Live as a Weekend Update anchor. Yesterday, reports surfaced that NBC was in talks with Alec Baldwin about joining the late-night lineup. The network squashed these rumors by announcing the renewal of Carson Daly’s Last Call that follows Jimmy Fallon.
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