Jay Leno retirement rumors: is the host saying goodnight to The Tonight Show?

Posted at 2:07 PM, Mar 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-02 14:09:34-05

PIX11– Jay Leno may be bowing out of late night television for good.

According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, the host of The Tonight Show will say his final goodnight next spring.

Reports are suggesting that NBC executives want to replace Leno with Jimmy Fallon to compete with Jimmy Kimmel on ABC.

Apparently Kimmmel’s move to 11:35 p.m. is getting a lot of the younger late-night viewers.

Still Leno’s numbers are impressive and he remains in the top spot.

If he does retire an official announcement would come in May, with Fallon promos following that summer before his fall 2014 debut.

A rep for Leno responded to the reports saying that they simply “do not speculate on rumor.”