Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Arts/Entertainment

April 11, 2013

Andover's Leno in final year with 'Tonight Show'

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That isn’t to say that Fallon is replacing Leno, however.

“Leno is an entertainment icon, making millions of people laugh every weeknight for more than 20 years,” Burke said. “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.

Fallon, currently host of NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” will take the reigns of the show in conjunction with the network’s coverage of next year’s Winter Olympic Games from Russia, according to Burke. The show will also relocate to New York City when Fallon takes over.

Said Fallon, “I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow.”

This is not the first time NBC has announced a plan to replace Leno. In 2009, NBC put Conan O’Brien in as host of “The Tonight Show” only to see ratings decline. Leno quickly was reinstated as host of the franchise.

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