After a few weeks of rumors and late-night-monologue teases, NBC has made it official. Next February, in conjunction with the Winter Olympics, Jimmy Fallon will take over “The Tonight Show” from Jay Leno, whose contract will be up. Furthermore, NBC will move the show from Los Angeles to New York, where it was based in its early years.
Of course, it’s not over till it’s over, since the last handoff of “The Tonight Show,” from NBC to Conan O’Brien in 2009, ended in disaster and bad feelings all around. But in this go-round, Leno seems at peace with the change, telling The New York Times, “The main difference between this and the other time is I’m part of the process. The last time the decision was made without me.” Leno and Fallon even made a jokey video together earlier this week, to the tune of “Tonight” from “West Side Story,” with Leno looking noticeably resigned.