‘The Tonight Show’ returns to NYC as Jimmy Fallon replaces Jay Leno as host

Posted at 2:42 PM, Apr 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-03 14:45:09-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) — After weeks of speculation, it’s now official: Jimmy Fallon will indeed replace Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show.

NBC confirmed the news Wednesday, saying Leno will stay on with the Tonight franchise until the Spring of 2014, completing his contract.

The late-night shuffle will bring The Tonight Show back to its original home in NBC Studios at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York.

Leno, who has made no secret about his frustration with NBC over the past few weeks,, congratulated Fallon on the new gig.

“Congratulations Jimmy.  I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you’re the old guy,” he said in statement Wednesday.

“If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.”

Meanwhile, Fallon couldn’t be happier saying, “I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow.”

The move for Fallon now leaves a hosting vacancy over at Late Night, a role NBC has yet to announce. Guess we’ll just have to stay tuned.