Late Night Last Night: Jimmy Fallon Jokes About Jay Leno Replacement Rumors

Jimmy Fallon

Could Jay Leno truly be leaving his late night throne? Rumors started circulating on Wednesday that NBC is planning to kick Leno out of his seat and replace the king with promising prince Jimmy Fallon. Of course, this gave Fallon some material for his opening monologue during Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night.

“Before we get started, I have to talk about the rumors that came out today, which says that I’ll be moving up to 11:30… or as my parents call it, ‘Ehh, it’s still too late,'” Fallon said, continuing on with more jokes: “Actually the rumors are true. NBC is turning The Tonight Show into a diving competition. So exciting.”

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But while Fallon made a mild gag about the rumored change, Leno continued on his NBC attack. “According to several reports — this is kind of scary — scientists say they are getting closer and closer to being able to do Jurassic Park style cloning of extinct species,” he said. “Imagine that? Things once thought to be extinct could now be brought back from the dead. So there’s hope for NBC. It could turn around.”

This blow marks the third day in a row that Leno has taken a swing at his network. If Leno does want to hold onto his reigning late night title, he may want to rethink his war path. But then again, it might just be too late for a white flag.

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[Photo Credit: Lloyd Bishop/NBC]


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News Editor Lindsey DiMattina started her career writing for a series of interior design magazines in South Florida, but moved to NYC on a whim. She dabbled in fashion PR, then took a job doing celebrity reporting. For three years, she broke news about Kim Kardashian, Mariah Carey, Snooki, Bachelor/Bachelorette winners, Teen Moms, and many more. In her spare time, you can find her rocking out to Sugarland or Lil Jon and walking her dog Bene Hendrix (named after the Jimi Hendrix). She never misses an episode of “The Borgias,” “Boardwalk Empire,” or “Game of Thrones."

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