Veteran host Jay Leno of “The Tonight Show” rumors have been buzzing around the business recently.
With unnamed sources, The Hollywood Reporter says the 2013 – 2014 season could be Leno’s last run.
About Leno’s retirement, although NBC denies speculation, THR thinks the network will soon make an announcement.
Jimmy Fallon’s installment is the reported aim of the move.
Fallon hosts a late-night show himself, airing weeknights at 12:35 AM ET, as host of “Tonight” starting next year to keep up with competition, viewers from the age bracket of 18 – 49 in particular.
Rival network has also moved “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to the 11:35 time slot in January.
Another anonymous source told THR, “The more Jimmy Kimmel is in that slot, the more the young audience goes that way, the harder it is for Jimmy (Fallon) to keep that audience.”
The source was reported “familiar with the network’s thinking”.
A soft launch will happen in summer 2014 before a Leno to Fallon full shift will take place, said the website’s source.
Viewers must hang on their seats as a Jimmy versus Jimmy will be happening on TV.