Leno and Fallon duet: Rumors have been circulating that Jimmy Fallon will replace Jay Leno as “Tonight Show” host. Leno and Fallon sang a duet on the topic.
In a spoof video aired between the “Tonight Show” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Monday night on NBC, Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon had fun with the rumors that they are both vying for the “Tonight Show” host’s seat.
Two inside sources at NBC told The Hollywood Reporter in early March that network executives are planning on making the 2013–2014 “Tonight Show” season Leno’s last. Fallon is reportedly wanted in the slot to attract the 18–49 age demographic to compete with Jimmy Kimmel in the same time slot on ABC.
NBC chief Bob Greenblatt had said in January that “All of those conversations are a little bit premature,” according to entertainment publication Broadcasting & Cable.
When the L.A. Times inquired on March 19, Leno’s publicist and NBC’s representatives had no further comments.
Fallon and Leno started Monday’s spoof with a telephone conversation; Leno is shown in his California studio, Fallon is in his New York studio. Fallon asks “We’re still friends right?”
Leno says they are still friends—then they break into a duet spoofing the song “Tonight” from “West Side Story.”
Leno sings: “Tonight, tonight, my ratings were alright. Twenty years and I’m still in first place.” An emphatic, triumphant gesture accompanies the melodious declaration.
The hosts finish with a joint: “Tonight, tonight, who cares who hosts ‘Tonight’? People just watch online the next day!”
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