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Jimmy Fallon to replace Jay Leno as 'Tonight Show' moves to NYC; bummer for Burbank (Videos)


Jimmy Fallon will replace Jay Leno as the host of "The Tonight Show" in the spring of 2014, NBC confirmed Wednesday. As part of the changing of the night guard, the show will be moving from Burbank to its original home at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

Fallon, the former giggle champion of "Saturday Night Live," has been practicing his show host domination since the webcam days of "Jarret's Room." His musical sketches, however, were standouts. "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" has continued the musical tradition with the help of The Roots as its house band. It's as close to the Barry Gibb Talk Show as we're gonna get. 

Or maybe not — Lorne Michaels will become executive producer for "The Tonight Show" when Fallon is installed. We may again be talkin' 'bout chest hair and crazy cool medallions.

WATCH VIDEO: See the best musical sketches below

Jimmy pulled Jay into his musical world Monday night with a musical duet set to "Tonight" from "West Side Story." According to "The Hollywood Reporter," it was Fallon's idea, which I'm pretty sure everyone in the world already assumed.

Steve Burke, CEO of NBC Universal, said the network is purposefully making the move while Leno's ratings are high, just like when Leno replaced Johnny Carson at "The Tonight Show" in 1992. He has held that post ever since, minus the seven controversial months Conan O'Brien held down the desk.

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian says in a press release that NBC has assured him of "the network’s continuing commitment to increase production in Southern California." He released a statement following NBC's announcement. It's not your fault, Burbank:

"Obviously, it is a great disappointment that The Tonight Show will move back to New York after four decades in Burbank to accommodate its new host. At the same time, it’s important to emphasize that NBC made this decision due to the specific circumstances of this show and its host." 

The timing of the Fallon swap will coincide with NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympic games. 

"The Tonight Show" has shot at NBC's Burbank studios since 1972, when it arrived with then-host Johnny Carson from its original home in New York.


Fallon & Timberlake | Barry Gibb Talk Show 

Paul McCartney | Scrambled Eggs 

"Jim Morrison" | Reading Rainbow 

"Neil Young" | Prince of Bel Air 

"Bob Dylan" | Charles In Charge 

Bruce Springsteen & "Neil Young" | Whip My Hair 

Fallon & Timberlake | History of Rap 4 

Interview: Musical Impressions 

Jarret's Room 

SNL | I Wish It Was Christmas Today