After weeks of speculation, it was finally confirmed that Jimmy Fallon will be the next host of The Tonight Show! He will take over the position from Jay Leno in February around the time of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Before the news was officially confirmed on Wednesday, Jimmy and Jay had a little fun with the rumors on Monday night's show:
Then on Wednesday after the news broke, Jimmy could finally talk about it openly with his viewers. He seemed truly gracious and excited about his new role:
As FalPals, we're of course very excited that Jimmy was given the prestigious job of hosting the legendary television institution that is The Tonight Show. However, we are also a bit concerned. It's hard to forget what happened to Conan O'Brien, who like Jimmy, was given The Tonight Show after successfully hosting Late Night, only to be fired due to low ratings after a few short months. While we're optimistic that it will work out better for Jimmy, since his comedy is a bit more broad than Conan's (and Jay Leno is now 5 years older and less likely to try to take the show back), The Tonight Show is more heavily scrutinized than Late Night, where Jimmy was free to do whatever he wanted. Hopefully Jimmy's comedy translates to 11:30, and he'll host The Tonight Show for many years to come!
And if Seth is looking for a sidekick, we can think of no one better than his own brother Josh Meyers. Josh, who starred on SNL's competitor sketch series MADtv, has often appeared on Late Night with his brother Seth to play the Sibling Game. The two clearly have great chemistry.
So will Seth take over Late Night from Jimmy? Hopefully we'll find out soon! If he does, looks like we'll be watching 2 hours of TV every night!