Burbank officials on Wednesday treated news that “The Tonight Show” was leaving for a new host in a new city like a painful break-up.
And as with most epic break-ups, the rumor mill had been whirling for weeks. On Wednesday, NBC ended weeks of gossip and speculation by confirming that Jimmy Fallon will succeed Jay Leno as host of "The Tonight Show" in the spring of 2014.
Although Leno is still the most-watched late-night television host, NBC is making the move because it thinks Fallon will do better with younger viewers in the years to come, the L.A. Times reported.
It 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, and most significantly for Burbank, the show was never at risk of leaving the city.