Jimmy Fallon to replace Jay Leno in 2014

By WEEK Reporter

Tonight Show host Jay Leno in his usual setting, before he visited and performed in Peoria, October 2010.

April 3, 2013 Updated Apr 3, 2013 at 12:14 PM CDT

NEW YORK, NY -- NBC announced Wednesday that Jimmy Fallon is going to take over for Jay Leno on the "Tonight Show" starting in the spring of 2014.

"Jay Leno is an entertainment icon, making millions of people laugh every weeknight for more than 20 years," said Steve Burke, Chief Executive Officer of NBCUniversal. "His long reign as the highest-rated late-night host is a testament to his work ethic and dedication to his viewers and to NBC."

"Congratulations Jimmy," Leno said. "I hope you're as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you're the old guy. If you need me, I'll be at the garage."

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