Jay Leno on Being Replaced by Jimmy Fallon: ‘Makes Perfect Sense to Me’

Jay Leno says he would have been hurt and offended if NBC had fired him with no plan in mind, but with Jimmy Fallon the one stepping into his shoes, Leno says the move makes “perfect sense.”

In an interview set to air this Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” the “Tonight Show” host says he is more than willing to pass along late night’s most coveted gig to Fallon. He told Steve Kroft, “I probably would have stayed if we didn’t have an extremely qualified young guy ready to jump in. But we have somebody, very good, very talented.”

Leno went on to describe Fallon as “more like a young Johnny [Carson] than anyone since. And he’s really good. So you go with the new guy, makes perfect sense to me.”

Leno’s last show is Feb. 6 and Fallon’s “Tonight Show” kicks off from New York City on Feb. 17.

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  1. This time around sounds as if it’ll be much smoother than with Conan. Checkout:http://voices.yahoo.com/conan-obrien-gets-twitter-backlash-over-tweet-amidst-12436812.html?cat=39
    Jean R.

    • stella rodgers says:

      NBC wants to keep Leno after canning him from The Tonight Show?…how arrogant is that!…he’s the best entertainment on the combined 3 so called major networks on TV…that’s as bad as A&E sticking Duck Dynasty with that guy from California in flipflops & putting Ms Kay in beautyshop hair & too much makeup…just doesn’t work…hollywood just has to always ruin the good things that work for most American’s by making some sort of stupid politically biased decision…Can’t some things be off limits or do we have to be constantly bombarded with subtrifuge?…just leave America alone!…lets call off the dogs!… stella r.

  2. Brandon @ZGFBrandino says:

    Why didn’t he jabber this when Conan took over?

  3. For a long time now since Jay’s “return,” he seems to be sleepwalking through his shows. He often seems unengaged and barely present. The spark is long gone.

    • Tom Lubbers says:

      He never had “a spark” to begin with and should not have been the host. He lost me the 1st night he took over from Carson. He made no mention of Johnny and later blamed his manager for his slight of the man he replaced. No class and not funny. Glad he is going. Let’s hope Fallon gets a better chance to prove himself than Conan got from NBC.

  4. Tom Baker says:

    I would like to see Jay have his own car show I think it would be the best show on the TV. Jay is a car guy from the word go.

    Tom Baker

    • Debbie says:

      If he would shut up long enough to let his guests talk. Watching Jay Leno’s Garage consists of him barely containing his impatience with his guests because he has to say something or completely railroading the show. His arrogance, self importance and elitism is tiresome.

  5. Bill McDonald says:

    Not surprising to see Jay Leno take the high road here. What I didn’t think was right or fair was the years of smearing by Kimmel, Stern, and Letterman – there’s a nightmare law firm for you. The only place I have ever seen these guys called out is in my book, “Punchline Blues.” Rather than just go for the laughs themselves, they got vindictive and mean – like beauty pageant contestants who couldn’t handle losing. Show biz is tough enough without a posse of your colleagues running their mouths about you. Oh well. The American People got it about Jay Leno – even if Jimmy Kimmel never will.

  6. Dixie says:

    The move does not make perfect sense to me. I enjoy the Jay Leno show and since its #1 in ratings He could have gone a few more years. I don’t find the two Jimmys any different from each other. I hope Jay if he wants to continue in the entertainment field does not sign again with NBC.

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