Is a Jay Leno retirement coming soon? Rumors have arrived that Leno might not be out in the near future, but his "days behind Carson's old desk are numbered." Who will take over his coveted time slot, if Jay allows for it this time?
According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter on March 1, Leno's last season may be the 2013-14 season of "The Tonight Show" on NBC. The rumors have arrived that NBC will make an announcement this May about Leno's final season with them. Apparently, Jimmy Fallon will become the successor for Leno's time slot.
An insider from NBC has said of the Leno vs. Fallon battle for the 18 to 49 demographic:
"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.]"
As of this report, both Jay Leno and David Letterman are signed with their respective network deals through 2014. Some believe Leno won't want to leave before Letterman retires from his spot on CBS in his rival late night show. The other concern is if Letterman goes and Leno goes both networks will be searching for replacements, and it could lead to a battle between Jimmy Fallon and Conan O'Brien. O'Brien was part of the infamous previous "retirement" that Leno had at NBC when he moved his show to 10 p.m., then decided to return to his normal time slot.
Conan O'Brien now works for TBS with his own late night show. Could he ultimately take over for David Letterman on CBS though?