Now that everything is official, Conan O’Brien is speaking out about Jimmy Fallon taking over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno next year.
On his TBS talk show Wednesday night, O’Brien congratulated Fallon and — without directly referencing Leno — noted the new host is “the perfect guy” for the iconic talk show.
“I want to congratulate Jimmy, that is a really fun gig,” O’Brien said, drawing laughs. “It is! … It’s a fun gig and you know what? Jimmy is the perfect guy to do it; he’s going to do a fantastic job. So congratulations Jimmy.”
O’Brien took over The Tonight Show from Leno three years ago, then exited NBC after the network wanted to return Leno to the 11:35 p.m. slot. Earlier this week O’Brien’s show Conan was renewed through 2015. Here’s how other late-night hosts reacted in their monologues tonight to NBC’s announcement: Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon.