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Jimmy Fallon passes the baton -- err, pickle -- to Seth Meyers -- VIDEO

In 2009, Jimmy Fallon received a pickle from Conan O’Brien when Fallon took over The Late Night reins.

And now that Fallon is moving on to The Tonight Show, he gave the pickle to new Late Night host Seth Meyers. Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

Jay Leno was 'blindsided' by Conan replacement, but thinks Fallon on 'Tonight' makes 'perfect sense' -- VIDEO

How did Jay Leno really feel in 2009, when NBC revealed its master plan to hand The Tonight Show over to Conan O’Brien? The comedian doesn’t mince words in an upcoming interview with 60 Minutes, telling Steve Kroft that the decision took him completely by surprise. “I was blindsided,” he says, according to CBS News.

And though Leno adds that he never asked his corporate overlords to explain their reasoning, hearing he was being replaced felt like being rejected by his girlfriend: “You know, you have a girl [who] says, ‘I don’t want to see you anymore.’  Why? You know, she doesn’t want to see you anymore, okay?”

This time around, though, Leno seems much more at peace with the network’s machinations — even though, as the host notes in the clip below, he “probably would have stayed [on Tonight] a little longer” if he had his druthers.

That said, Leno adds, “it’s not my decision” — and he believes that bringing in “an extremely qualified young guy” like Jimmy Fallon, whom Leno likens to “a young Johnny [Carson],” makes “perfect sense.” So maybe this isn’t a happy ending for Leno — but at least it’s one he can understand.

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Jimmy Fallon talks 'Tonight Show': First guests? Will Smith and U2

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A month before he takes over NBC’s The Tonight Show from Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon hosted a room full of reporters at a Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour panel. To help facilitate the transition (and possibly to unscrew Leno from the host chair), Fallon will appear on Leno’s last installment of The Tonight Show on Feb. 6 before relocating the L.A.-based talk show to New York for his Feb. 17 debut. Here are some highlights from Fallon’s Q&A during and after the session, which also included new Tonight Show executive producer Josh Lieb. READ FULL STORY

Watch the first promo for Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' -- VIDEO

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NBC has released the first promo for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which will debut Feb. 17. It highlights the passing of the baton throughout the years (yes, even Conan). Watch it below.

Seth Meyers takes over Fallon’s desk at Late Night on Feb. 24. READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon announces 'Late Night' special Jan. 5

Jimmy Fallon has announced a two-hour primetime special via — what else? — his Twitter feed. The Best of Late Night will air Jan. 5 from 9-11 p.m. ET.

It’s anyone’s guess as to how he’ll manage to cram five years’ worth of solid-gold ridiculata into just two hours! Seems daunting.

As we know, Fallon will replace Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show following the Sochi Winter Olympics in February.

Jimmy Fallon reveals his lunar 'Tonight Show' logo

This is really happening, people.

Late Night host Jimmy Fallon has just tweeted out the logo for his revamped Tonight Show, premiering next February after the Olympics on NBC. The all-caps letters are reminiscent of Fallon’s Late Night logo. The full orb may be making you thirsty for a beer. It seems more modern than current Tonight host Jay Leno’s own logo — and it’s also got approximately 90 percent more moon.

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Paul Rudd, John Goodman, Jimmy Fallon to host 'SNL' in December

Saturday Night Live has lined up its next three host/musical guest combos — a group of returning favorites that includes perennial favorites like John Goodman, Jimmy Fallon, and Justin Timberlake.

Anchorman 2 star Paul Rudd will host for the third time Dec. 7, with returning musical guest One Direction. Rudd last appeared on SNL in 2010, hosting with musical guest Paul McCartney; the British boy band first appeared on SNL in 2012. Their next album, Midnight Memories, drops Nov. 25.

On Dec. 14, the show will welcome back host John Goodman — who has hosted the sketch show 12 times already, albeit not since 2001. (Time capsule alert: The musical guest on Goodman’s last show was Ja Rule.) This time around, he’ll be joined by Grammy-winning band Kings of Leon, making their third SNL appearance. Goodman currently stars on Alpha House, Amazon’s first scripted series. The Kings’ latest album, Mechanical Bull, was released Sept. 24.

And Dec. 21′s special Christmas episode will feature a pair of ringers: Host Jimmy Fallon and musical guest Justin Timberlake. Fallon, a former SNL cast member, currently hosts NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and will take over The Tonight Show on Feb. 17. Though he has hosted SNL only once before (in 2011), he’s made several cameo appearances since leaving the show in 2004. Timberlake, meanwhile, will make his fifth appearance as musical guest — and his second in 2013 alone. Both he and Fallon have won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for hosting SNL in the past. Earlier this year, the pair also collaborated for a special Late Night event called “Timberweek,” which featured new Timberlake sketches, performances, and/or interviews on five consecutive episodes.

Melissa McCarthy's inside guide to the talk show circuit

Which late night host has such slippery floors that Melissa McCarthy “consider[s] it a victory” if she doesn’t fall? Which one did the Heat star once mistake for a lookalike? And who does McCarthy think was born to helm a network talk show?

Find out in this clip from the actress’s interview with Entertainment Weekly managing editor Jess Cagle, which aired this week on EW’s Sirius XM channel. Bonus: You’ll also get to hear a quick snippet of Jess’s ace Leno impression.

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Jimmy Fallon's 'Game of Thrones' parody will be a ball -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

He titilated you with The Jersey Floor. He intrigued you with Downton Sixbey. And now he’s going to enchant you with Game of Desks, an elaborate parody that spoofs TV’s most beloved epic fantasy.

In this exclusive clip from Late Night‘s latest lengthy send-up, host Jimmy Fallon enters an elevator as himself — and exits it as a long-haired, bearded, fur-and-leather-clad refugee from Westeros, ready to punish a writer from “the Late Night‘s Watch” for writing bad jokes

We can’t know for sure which of Games‘s characters will get the parody treatment when the full clip airs tonight at 12:35 a.m. ET — maybe Jay Leno will be looped in as the deposed Mad King Aerys? The video does at least give us a glimpse at Late Night‘s take on Varys, King’s Landing’s gelded Master of Whispers. Here, Fallon announcer Steve Higgins plays the part by stepping into elaborate robes and looping a very special necklace around his throat. Put it this way: If you touch the pendant, he’ll turn his head and cough.

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Alec Baldwin in talks to host late night show on NBC -- report

Ready for a little more turnover in NBC’s late-night landscape?

The Peacock is apparently in early discussions with Alec Baldwin to host a talk show that would possibly air at 1:35 a.m. — real estate that is currently occupied by Last Call with Carson Daly — according to The New York Times. A source tells EW that the proposed program could be a Tom Snyder-esque intimate interview talk show. NBC declined to comment.

The 55-year-old actor, who won two Emmys during his seven seasons on 30 Rock, has some shiny emcee credits on his resume: He has hosted Saturday Night Live no less than 16 times, he has co-hosted the Oscars, and he hosts a weekly interview podcast called Here’s the Thing on WNYC, in which he journeys into the homes and dressing rooms of celebrities like Chris Rock, Michael Douglas, David Letterman, and Lena Dunham.

Last week, NBC confirmed the news that Jimmy Fallon will succeed Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show in February, which means Fallon’s Late Night chair will need to be filled.

In addition to Last Call, which is in its 12th season, Daly also hosts NBC’s The Voice.

(Additional reporting by Lynette Rice)

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New York City makes play to lure 'Tonight Show' back

If New York isn’t trying hard to lure The Tonight Show back to Manhattan, it’s doing a pretty good impression.

A Cuomo administration official said Thursday that New York is trying to lure TV shows from California with a proposed tax credit program and the Tonight show would qualify if it decides to move back to Manhattan. The show moved to Burbank in 1972 when Johnny Carson was host.

But there is no deal with NBC or the Tonight show, and the official wouldn’t say if the state is trying to attract the show. The person wasn’t authorized to comment on any potential deals and spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

Still, a bill in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pending budget looks like it’s all about Tonight, without ever mentioning the iconic show that began broadcasting in the 1950s from Manhattan and has featured a series of popular hosts — Jack Parr, Steve Allen, Carson, and the current Jay Leno. READ FULL STORY

NBC's Jay Leno plan has some insiders baffled

Reports that NBC is quietly planning to dump top-rated Jay Leno has some Hollywood insiders baffled.

Though NBC hasn’t officially announced any changes to its late-night lineup, multiple media outlets and sources suggest the network intends to replace the longtime Tonight Show host with Late Night‘s Jimmy Fallon by the end of next year. One common reaction among some broadcast and late-night veterans goes like this: NBC is the lowest-rated major broadcast network, yet Leno is the No. 1 late-night host. Fallon is currently averaging two-thirds of Leno’s 18-49 rating and half his viewership. Dumping Leno — especially within the next year — seems ill advised; like a man falling off a building who lights his hair on fire.

“I’m still trying to make sense of it,” says one late-night insider not affiliated with NBC. “I don’t understand it on many levels. I don’t understand why a network doing so badly looks at the one part that’s winning and says, ‘Let’s create chaos there.’ They already created a s–t storm at the Today show. Why would they want to create drama in late night?”

A couple insiders noted the move feels like NBC is making the same mistake as when its previous executive team gave Conan O’Brien The Tonight Show in 2009, then were forced to embarrassingly renege on the deal a year later after Leno’s short-lived 10 p.m. show failed. “Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it,” one broadcast insider says. While another network executive expressed the same idea more bluntly: “It’s so f–king hilarious that NBC won’t learn from its past experiences.” It should be pointed out, however, that Leno’s prime-time show had ratings that would now would be a blessing on some nights for NBC. READ FULL STORY

Jay Leno jokes about being booted from NBC

Jay Leno is shifting his target in his latest joke about the the dramatic recent Tonight Show transition headlines. Instead of poking fun at NBC’s ratings like the late-night host has done earlier this week, on Thursday night he took a shot at his own perilous position at the network.

“Are you all excited about March Madness?” he asked the Tonight audience at the taping earlier today. “Are you all into March Madness? People are talking about who’s in, who’s out, who’s gonna be eliminated. And that’s just here at NBC. I’ve never been in the paper this much. It’s fantastic.”

Leno and NBC have been besieged by reports that the network plans to replace the top-rated veteran host with Late Night host Jimmy Fallon by the end of next year.

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