Jimmy Fallon, left, and Jay Leno, right. (WENN.COM file photo)
The Tonight Show has been on the air since the ‘50s, and its every host-handover has made headlines.
Steve Allen to Jack Paar ... Paar walking off the show ... Johnny Carson taking over ... His substitute host of choice Joan Rivers getting shunned for life by Carson ...David Letterman getting passed over for Jay Leno ... Leno handing it to Conan O’Brien and then taking it back a few months later ...
And now come reports that Leno’s contract won’t be renewed next year, and Jimmy Fallon will inherit the chair (with the whole mess being moved from Burbank to New York’s 30 Rock).
I’m going to go out on a limb and say this may mark the end of The Tonight Show as a media storm ground-zero. Fallon (and his soon-to-be-timeslot mate Jimmy Kimmel) are considered to attract a younger audience. And even that audience is not as young as it used to be.
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