There are rumours indicating Jay Leno might be retiring from The Tonight Show (again) next year.
The Hollywood Reporter says “the network says categorically no, but two high-level industry sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that NBC is moving toward a May announcement that the 2013-14 television season will be the last for Leno as host of the long-running late-night show. Sources expect the network to move Jimmy Fallon from his Late Night spot into the coveted 11:35 p.m. time slot with a soft launch during the summer of 2014 before a formal fall kickoff”.
They also report “sources believe the network will bring in Fallon partly out of concern about the competition on ABC, which moved younger-skewing Jimmy Kimmel Live! to the 11:35 time slot in January”.
Of course we all know Leno retired from The Tonight Show a few years back to give the show to Late Night host Conan O’Brien, but Leno was given the show back in a controversial move by NBC seeing Conan move to basic cable channel TBS to host a brand new talk show instead not long after he moved to Tonight.
The rumour mill is in full swing and it’s alleged there may be an official announcement in May about Leno stepping down from the juggernaut NBC show.