Jay Leno retirement rumors have hit the internet again. On March 2, The Hollywood Gossip reported that Leno might be leaving "The Tonight Show" and NBC for good. Part of the reason behind the rumor has to do with Jimmy Kimmel's success on ABC in his new time slot. The possibility of Jimmy Fallon taking over? Good.
"Kimmel has done extremely well. Jay wins overall, but on any given night, it's neck-and-neck in 18-49. I understand where they might have fear and also feel that they own the solution [in Fallon]," said a longtime network executive. So what does this mean?
Is Jay Leno's retirement inevitable? Of course. The guy has to retire at some point -- he can't host "The Tonight Show" forever. But how soon could all of this stuff go down? According to the report, Leno could announce his "retirement" in May of this year and a new host could be in place for the 2013-2014 season of the popular show.
If Jimmy Fallon took over Leno's post, he could be on air by the summer of 2014. It would definitely be a shake up but it is something that television pros have been waiting for.
Do you Jay Leno will announce his retirement this year?
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