NEW YORK, NY (WWBT) - - Put the rumors and speculation to bed, NBC has officially announced that Jimmy Fallon will replace Jay Leno as host of the Tonight Show in Spring 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.
The network also confirmed rumors that the show will move back to New York City and be shot in its original home at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, once more. Lorne Michaels will serve as the Executive Producer of the show.
As for Fallon's current 12:35 a.m. slot, NBC says plans are still in development and will be announced soon.
"Congratulations Jimmy. 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," Leno was quoted in a statement.
"I'm really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow," said Fallon in the press release.
The change will coincide with NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Leno is the fifth host of the Tonight Show, taking over for Johnny Carson in 1992.