Aly Semigran
Staff editor Aly Semigran is a New York City native who grew up in Philadelphia and spent the better part of her youth trying to figure out what the Philly Phanatic was (an anteater?), quoting 'The Simpsons,' and learning all about movies from her dad. After graduating from Temple University, where she studied journalism, she moved back to NYC and began her career as a freelance entertainment journalist. Her work has been published in Entertainment Weekly, Maxim, Philadelphia Weekly, Philadelphia City Paper,, and She is thrilled to be a part of the team and she is still quoting 'The Simpsons.' ('I'm Idaho!')
  • Westboro Baptist Church Plans to Picket Roger Ebert's Funeral
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 08, 2013
    If life is a movie, then the members of the hate-fueled Westboro Baptist Church are the ones in the theater who annoyingly shout their opinion throughout — even though no one asked for it — and miss the point entirely. Case in point: according to The Hollywood Reporter, leaders of the Kansas-based waking nightmare for the rest of humanity said they'll be picketing the funeral of late, great film critic Roger Ebert. Ebert passed away on April 4 at the age of 70 after bravely battling cancer for years.  RELATED: Roger Ebert, Legendary Film Critic, Dies at Age 70  The WBC, who called Ebert a "f-g enabler" and an "entertainment industry publicity leech" in their press release, said they'd picket in "lawful proximity" to his funeral service. They also called him a "fool sold his soul for some fame & fortune, forgetting that God has made a simple declaration regarding His people" and that "It's too late for the fool Roger Ebert!" Ebert's funeral is scheduled to take place at 10 AM on Monday, April 8, at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.  RELATED: An Appreciation of Roger Ebert: Film Critic, Internet Troll, and Defining Voice of Pop Culture  While Ebert would have found just the right words in response to this news (he was good at that sort of thing) he did, however, tweet an article last month about the group — which has protested the funerals of other celebrities (including Steve Jobs), soldiers, and homosexuals in the past — to his followers, with a comment that read, "Just another day at Westboro Baptist." RELATED: Hollywood Pays Tribute to Roger Ebert  So, on behalf of Ebert, this unfortunate but in no way surprising decision by WBC to picket the funeral of the famed, beloved critic, this news gets two big thumbs down. [Photo credit: Michel Euler/AP Photo] From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 14 Pieces of Crazy, Awesome 'Jurassic Park' Merchandise
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 06, 2013
    If you grew up in the 90s, the only thing cooler than getting to see Jurassic Park was to collect all of the merchandise (and, boy, there was a lot) tied to the game-changing blockbuster. From finger puppets to sleeping bags to those Burger King watches (pictured), Steven Spielberg's prehistoric action adventure became a marketing and merchandising juggernaut in and of itself.  RELATED: The 20 Most '90s Moments of 'Jurassic Park'  With the 3D re-release of Jurassic Park currently in theaters, it's impossible not to get a little nostalgic about all of the things you begged your parents for (pogs!) and the things you really wish you hadn't (that infuriating, impossible-to-master Super NES game). Of course, since Generation Irony grew up loving Jurassic Park (un-ironically) you better believe there's plenty of merchandise, from cell phone cases to trendy flats, still being made today.  RELATED: 'Jurassic Park 4' Finds a Director So, take a trip down memory lane with us (in the Jurassic Park jeep, of course) and take a look at 14 wild pieces of Jurassic Park merchandise and memorabilia. Hold on to your butts. And your lunch box.  Gallery: 14 Pieces of Jurassic Park Merchandise [Photo credit: Burger King]  From Our PartnersHayden Panetierre Bikinis in Miami (Celebuzz)Every Jurassic Park Dinosaur Ranked From Best to Worst (Vulture)
  • New, Bloody 'Dexter' Season 8 Trailer: 'It Isn't Going To Be Pretty'
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 05, 2013
    Season 7 of Dexter ended with Deb covering Dexter's ass by killing Laguerta. A clean slate for Showtime's serial killer, yes? Well, if cable dramas with a likable, but ultimately tragic bad guy at the forefront have taught us anything (The Sopranos, and let's be honest, Breaking Bad), then, no. Sorry Dex.  RELATED: 'Dexter' Season 8: Whose Name Will Be Added to the List?  Hell, even in the bloody, but somehow beautiful teaser trailer for the upcoming Season 8 of Dexter, leading man Michael C. Hall's voiceover is practically dripping with foreshadowing of terrible things to come. "I've always been a very neat monster," he says in a dark monotone, "but lately the truth has begun to spill and too many people have seen the full picture. I'm losing control, and the only thing I know for sure is that it isn't going to be pretty."  RELATED: 'Dexter' Moves to Summer, 'Homeland' Sets Premiere, and More Showtime News In the oversaturated serial killer television landscape (The Following, Hannibal) it's about time for Dexter to come to an end, and hopefully it will be a bloody good finish. Watch the clip here:    The Season 8 premiere of Dexter airs on Showtime on June 30.  [Photo credit: Showtime] From Our PartnersHayden Panetierre Bikinis in Miami (Celebuzz)Pics of The Rock Making Things Look Small (Vulture)
  • Sara Bareilles To Exit 'The Sing-Off' — REPORT
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 05, 2013
    Attention all singers, relevant or otherwise — there could be an opening in the hotly sought-after reality TV judging world. RELATED: Christoper Abbott Isn't Returning To 'Girls' Because He Doesn't Like Lena Dunham  According to Entertainment Weekly, pop-folk singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles (she of "Love Song", which is currently playing at a Kohl's somewhere out there) is leaving the a cappella competition series The Sing-Off to "focus on her music." You know, like how Christopher Abbott isn't returning to Girls for Season 3 so he can "work on numerous other projects." There's no reports of beef on The Sing-Off set, though there are rumors that host Nick Lachey was told, "Stay out of it, Nick Lachey!"  RELATED: Jonathan Knight Walked Off Stage During NKOTB Show  The Grammy-nominated star took over for Nicole Scherzinger on the NBC series after her Season 3 departure to Fox's X Factor. Bareilles' co-judges Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman, on the other hand, would appear to be staying put on the summer series for now.  [Photo credit: Lewis Jacobs/NBC]  From Our PartnersHayden Panetierre Bikinis in Miami (Celebuzz)Pics of The Rock Making Stuff Look Small (Vulture)
  • The Kardashian Sisters Sue Their Ex-Stepmother
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 05, 2013
    Those fiercely private Kardashian sisters will attach their names to just about anything (nail polish, diet supplements, sneakers) but they don't want it anywhere near their ex-stepmother Ellen Pearson. According to The Hollywood Reporter, reality stars and tabloid fixtures Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, and Kourtney Kardashian, as well as their mother Kris Jenner, are suing Pearson, who was briefly married to their father Robert Kardashian. RELATED: Kardashians Angry Over Unreleased Ford Ad  In a statement released to, the Kardashian's attorney Marty Singer says, "The Kardashians and Kris Jenner have filed a suit against Ellen Pearson for taking personal property belonging to them by virtue of Robert Kardashian’s will and by virtue of copyright protection. [Thursday]'s filing should serve as notice that they will vigorously defend their rights when forced to do so."  Pearson, who reportedly filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2010, has been accused of cashing in on the lucrative Kardashian name. She allegedly has "retained some of the family's personal possessions including her late husband's diary, family photo albums, and a family holiday photograph" after her late ex-husband's passing in 2003.  RELATED: Kim and Kanye Might Name Their Baby North West Those personal effects have wound up in tabloid fixtures like In Touch and Life & Style and the Kardashians, who tend to control their own self-made empire, stated in the lawsuit that was filed in California that Pearson has orchestrated a "despicable and unlawful scheme to hold in secret and convert, and now exploit ... private personal and copyright protected" material. Per Robert Kardashian's will, he left his daughter the "bulk of his personal tangible and intangible property," so as per the Kardashian's argument, the items Pearson possesses and has been using for profit are "incontestably" their inheritance.  RELATED: Kim Kardashian Gets a Surprise Baby Shower on 'Kimmel'  The Kardashians are suing Pearson for "at least $500,000 in damages, plus more in profits, statutory damages, punitive and exemplary damages is demanded."  Additional reporting by Lindsey DiMattina  From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Intimate New Kids on the Block Show Marked By Fan Favorites and An Early Jonathan Knight Exit
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 05, 2013
    The New Kids On The Block aren't going anywhere. The '80s boy band, whose hits like "Hangin' Tough," "Step By Step," "Please Don't Go Girl," and "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" were pivotal points in growing up for an entire generation of girls, promised during a show in New York City on Thursday that they'll be around for at least another 25 years. Maybe even 50.   RELATED: Nostalgia Overload! NKOTB, 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men Are Touring Together  NKOTB — which you should damn well know is comprised of Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood, Jordan Knight, and Jonathan Knight (pick your favorite!) — promoted their new album 10 during a small, intimate iHeartRadio-promoted show for contest winners. The hour-long set, which was simulcast online, was a rollicking, unpredictable night for fans lucky enough to be in the room. The floor was, quite literally, shaking under the quaking feet of grown women (and, okay, a few men, too) who were immediately transported back to childhood with the band's old hits.  But for a group who has been singing a lot of the same songs for well over two decades and have their choreography down to a science, they turned out a surprisingly stripped-down and on-the-fly set. For just as many new songs as they played for the eager crowd — including "We Own Tonight," "Jealous (Blue)," and "Remix (I Like The)" — the guys engaged in off-the-cuff banter, like deciding which song to sing next, and silly stories, like Joey's admission that he mispronounced the word "choreograph" earlier in the day.   RELATED: Backstreet Boys Reunion: Our Favorite BSB Memories The whole show was unpredictable, including when members of the band jumped into the crowd and gave hugs, high-fives, and general life-changing eye contact during their classic "Tonight." But the most unexpectedly heartbreaking moment came for fans when member Jonathan, who has long suffered from a panic disorder, had to exit the stage early in the show. Knight couldn't finish out the rest of the set (despite supportive chants of his name from the crowd) and later simply tweeted "I'm sorry..."  While his exit certainly shifted the dynamic and mood of the show, McIntyre tried to keep the mood light by joking, "You think we’re f***ing serious right now? He just really had to go to the bathroom!" The guys continued to show support for Jonathan throughout and urged fans to soak in (rather, breath in) all the love in the room.  RELATED: Donnie Wahlberg's Twitpic of NKOTB Will Make Your Inner Tween's Heart Soar  It was a surreal show, to say the least. Not only was it the closest most fans ever got to their teen idols and their attached boy band personas (Donnie is still ever the bad boy and the most inclined to take off his shirt, Joey is still the cute one with the best voice, Jordan is still the sexy flirt, and Danny is still definitely there) but it was fascinating to watch how they handled a set with no set setlist and a band missing a member. While fans were audibly disappointed that the guys decided to save all the big surprises for this summer's Package Tour with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men and that there was no encore, it was an unironically, delightfully joyous, one-of-a-kind experience that merged old with new, and gave fans in attendance bragging rights for the next 25 years. Hell, even 50.  [Photo credit: Brian Friedman]  From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • See the 'Fast & Furious 6' Class Photo — POSTER
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 05, 2013
    For a group that's been fast and/or furious for well over a decade now, the Fast & Furious crew look pretty still and calm in their new poster. Of course, all they're saving all the absurd action for the trailer (cars taking down an airplane — sure why not!) but the poster for Fast & Furious 6 still provides pretty much everything you need to know about the latest installment of the franchise: the original gang is back (welcome back, Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Michelle Rodriguez), as well as some newcomers (welcome aboard, Gina Carano!), it's in an enviable location (London, baby), and there's cars (vrooom!). RELATED: Who Could Take Over 'Fast & Furious 7'?  Hell, even the tag line ("All roads lead to this") is more dramatic than anything that's happened in any of these movies. But, really, the poster is kind of a perfect fit for the film, which hits theaters on May 24, because what you see, is what you get and if the box office for the past five has been any indication, moviegoers sure do like it. Time and time again. Check out the poster, which also features — among others —  Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, and Ludacris all looking fastly and furiously indifferent.  Follow Aly on Twitter @AlySemigran From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'New Girl' Recap: Nick and Jess' Infinite Sexual Tension
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 04, 2013
    New Girl has pulled off a wildly impressive, if not nearly impossible feat in television: they have explored new territory and advanced character developments, all while following the same exact structure for three weeks in a row. Now, hear me out on this one. I'm not saying "Quick Hardening Caulk", "Chicago", and tonight's "First Date" were the same episodes, far from. What I'm saying is they have split the foursome into Schmidt and Winston, who have solidified themselves as the group's BFFs, and then Nick and Jess, whose tension-filled relationship continues to find itself in a grey area (a very, very sexy grey area). Nick, who has become the central character of the show (Who's that boy? It's Nick!), only converses with Winston and Schmidt when he needs to pow-wow and Jess, and his struggles with Jess (very, very sexy struggles) are what's anchoring everything.  RELATED: 'New Girl' Recap: A Death in the Family I'm not complaining about this. I think the show is at the top of its game right now in terms of writing, performances (Jake Johnson does not waste a second of his time or ours), and overall execution. It's pleasing (and, okay, teasing) Nick and Jess 'shippers, as well as finally making Winston a well-rounded and hilarious part of the dynamic. I just wonder how long it can go on like this. I'm not tired of the Nick and Jess teasing, I think the writers are playing it safe by pumping the breaks. Not just to avoid pulling the trigger too soon on their romance (Exhibit A: Jim and Pam on The Office, who turned from sweet to insufferable)  but because it's far more realistic. Friends who are dancing around the idea of a relationship, especially when such deep feelings are involved can skirt around it for years.  "First Date" didn't skirt around it's title though: Nick and Jess went on their first awkward, telling, sexually-charged date. Nick pretty much plunged right into the awkward realm when grabbed Jess' breasts (well, more her breast plate, really) to try to break up the tension. You've gotta love the guy, but making situations more comfortable isn't exactly his forte. Consider how he tried to define their indefinable relationship: "Roommates who make out, are attracted to each other, and sometimes genuinely hate each other." Okay, but what are you?  Nick was plagued by the question and turned to his old non-English speaking pal Tran (who you'll remember from "Menzies") for answers. The thing about Nick is, for as clueless as he appears, he knows the score. He knows that he and Jess have a chemistry that can't be denied, that his father just died and life is too short to miss out on things, and that he wants stability, he just doesn't quite know how to get there. But then he had the biggest realization of all while talking with Tran. Well, talking at Tran, really. He realized he was falling in love and that he needed to tell Jess: "Jessica, you are a beautiful women and my life has not been the same since I met you would mean the world if you went on a date with me." Good god, Miller. How does he do that? How does a guy who moonwalks out of awkward situations say things like that? Of course, when he actually approached Jess, it didn't come out quite so eloquently. In fact, he just sputtered out, "If so, food?" after calling her Jess-ica and Dirty J. Unaware she was being asked out on their first date, Dirty J obliged. Jess is usually pretty loopy, but I'm on her side on this one. That was barely a sentence, let alone a proposal for a romantic date. With a "yes", Nick turned to Winston and Schmidt (I'll get to their shenanigans soon, I promise) for helped getting dressed ("I'm wearing Schmidt!") and preparation in seducing a woman. It was Schmidt had been waiting their entire friendship for. Like true pals, they didn't encourage him so much as remind him not to bring up the following: "You're cheap, you're a heavy drinker, you're broke, you have a problem with anger...and your car is horrible." That's what friends are for. Seriously.  Nick couldn't come up with a good lie about who he was seeing (he barely muttered out "Yolanda...Winston" before his buddies quickly figured out it was Jess he's be wooing) but it wasn't those two clowns he'd have to worry about. Dressed in a sharp suit and a table reserved at a fancy restaurant, he was ready for some serious romance, while an unaware Jess showed up in super casual clothes and met him at a hot dog stand. They were, for the first time in a few weeks, operating on completely different wavelengths. Sidebar: As much as I credit Johnson as the show's MVP, which he is, I'm giving most improved to Zooey Deschanel. She has turned an animated character to a fully-fleshed out, relatable human being. You aren't mad at her for putting up her defenses with Nick, you just realize she's protecting herself. Who can't relate to that? End sidebar.  Unfortunately, that pretty much set the tone for the night: mixed messages and missteps. In Nick's case, quite literally, stepping off the curb earned him, a $340 jaywalking ticket, earned the wrath of a police officer, and at long last settled the case of New York vs. Los Angeles argument. That would never happen in New York. Ever. Jess figured out that it was a date, but Nick wouldn't confirm that it was. Fancy Man himself Russell walked in ("The only man we've both loved", as Nick hilariously put it) with his young arm candy (Jess was right about him and his preference of younger rebound women) making the awkwardness that much more amplified when he told them he was glad their relationship was "finally happening."  They were left with only one option on their disastrous attempt at a first date, which was erratic and uneven: drink. "Drinking to forget? That's my sweet spot!" Nick declared. And, wouldn't you know it, booze helped loosen these two up and have them admit how they turn each other on (for Nick, it's when Jess asks to have jars opened and for Jess, it's when Nick gurgles his beer). "It's hard for me to deal with, it's too hot," Nick said, forever ruining your life because yes please. RELATED: 'New Girl' Recap: The One Where Nick and Jess Almost... It seemed like things were finally getting on track for these two until they bumped into Russell again (Dermot Mulroney is rocking some crazy long hair now, no?) and said they he had "no opinion" about either of them (which is, somehow, more infuriating than an opinion) and dared them to define their relationship, setting them right back at square one. With a question looming of them that they were too afraid to answer, but knew what the answer was, it was back to boob grabs ("They've got a good squish to 'em") and lingering.  Back at the apartment, the scene was a familiar one to "Cooler" and "Quick Hardening Caulk" in that it was Nick and Jess alone, with the air hanging heavy between them. Nick opened her jar and then gurgled his beer in front of her. They walked to their bedrooms together. There was a screaming silence. All they could muster out was "Goodnight Miller" and "Goodnight Day", closing the door on the whole thing. Whether that be their first real hookup or an actual relationship, well, that's for us to find out as this mixed bag season (started muddled and became crystal clear) winds down.  Nick and Jess still may not have any definition of their relationship, but we know that Schmidt and Winston have teamed up to be best of buds and the comic relief for all that mounting tension from the other pair. This week, these two combined forces to try and split up Nick and Jess (which seems abrupt considering how they both realized how important these two are to each other at the funeral last week) because Nick is the glue that holds them together.  They schemed and plotted and it, unsurprisingly blew up in their face. Winston and Schmidt, who spent a good portion of the episode fighting about where the communal cell phone charger (the bathroom or the "stupid, stupid kitchen"), failed miserably at coming up with a plot to ruin their date that was already self-imploding. Thankfully, it introduced two of my new favorite characters to New Girl: Outside Dave, a homeless guy who doesn't help them, so much as lock himself in their bathroom and wreak havoc on Schmidt's pomade caddy, and the other homeless guy who serenaded Winston against his will to George Michael's "Father Figure." (By the way, that guy was played by an incredibly talented stand-up comedian named Ronald Funches. Do yourself a favor, next time he's in town, check out his act. You won't be sorry).  RELATED: 'New Girl' Recap: An Unexpected Engagement Party Yes, their sequence was slapstick-y, silly, and rooted entirely in sitcom reality (one of their ideas was to set a bear loose in the restaurant), but I love the Schmidt and Winston dynamic too much to care. I love that Winston had some of the funniest moments, including his inability to be on the same page about Schmidt. (He wrongly guessed Nick was a male escort and that they should kill him with a knife to get him not to go out with Jess). I love that they segued to a flashback by saying they should do "some good ol' fashioned rememberin'." That is some 30 Rock-levels of brilliance.  Much like I'm sure the show will take a breather from Nick and Jess (they either have to dive right into this thing or separate them for a little while or viewers are going to grow impatient), they'll do the same with Schmidt and Winston, which is really too bad. With Schmidt away from Cece and Winston away from any sort of plot point, these two really needed each other and it's working on every level. But as much as I like these two pairings, what makes New Girl work is the ensemble: the fab four need to get back together soon.  Here, now, are the other best lines and moments from "First Date". Bear with me, there's a few.  - "You cant outrun the Jewish!" - Schmidt, to Winston - Nick explaining that the upper part of the boob is "the most underrated part of the boob."  - Nick explaining that his "off-the-charts" sexual chemistry with Jess feels like "no laws, Wild West, whiskey for a nickel, whores caked in mud." - A flashback to Hippie Nick, Fat Schmidt, and Dreadlocked Winston.  - "Burn them! Burn them all!" Schmidt's plan for Nick's clothes.  - Jess, seeing Nick all dressed up: "Why are you wearing that suit, did you just apply for a loan?" - Jess' instruction to calm Nick down: "Make tiny fists with your toes!" - Fancy Nick being suave: "What an establishment! My favorite in the city!" "I guess all the good ones aren't gay or married!" Bonus: His wearin' a suit spin dance move.  - "If a happening happens and you don't know that it happens, did it happen?" I don't know, girl from The Happening, you tell us.  - Schmidt's plan to "poison every pie on every window sill" to get revenge on the homeless. Winston quickly pointed out he was an actual homeless person, not a cartoon hobo. Bonus: his pronunciation of roof. "I'm going up on the ruff."  - Nick still being in love with Russell. ("Two pens? That's how it's done.")  - The cop's motorcycle falling over, just as he's about to give Nick his fourth ticket of the evening.  - Those longing, last looks between Nick and Jess.  - That second appearance by Ronald Funches, singing "Dude Looks Like a Lady" in his skivvies. ("Like the movie Mrs. Doubtfire!")  - WORST: Yeah, sometimes there's a worst. The Ford product placement again. It wasn't as obvious as when Jess modeled, but it's still pretty apparent. Come on, this isn't like Chuck, New Girl doesn't need saving, does it? 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  • Conan O'Brien Congratulates Jimmy Fallon On His 'Tonight Show' Gig
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 04, 2013
    In the wake of the new Tonight Show host announcement, it seems like there's no hard feelings from Conan O'Brien. Well, not directed towards Jimmy Fallon, anyway. During the Wednesday night episode of his late night show Conan, which is spending a week on the road in Atlanta, O'Brien said that Fallon is "the perfect guy" for the job. Fallon will take over the series from Jay Leno in 2014.  RELATED: NBC To Replace Jay Leno With Jimmy Fallon In Spring 2014 O'Brien, who was given The Tonight Show back in 2009 only to have it unceremoniously returned to Leno less than a year later, said in full, "I want to congratulate Jimmy, that is a really fun gig ... 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.” RELATED: Jimmy Fallon Thanks Jay Leno in Monologue All of the hosts directly involved in the late night war addressed the big news in their monologues. Unsurprisingly, Fallon had a sincere, grateful tone, Leno joked about awkwardness, and David Letterman... well, he went right for the jugular: "NBC, God bless 'em, announced the official date for Jay Leno's departure – no mention of his official date of return, however," he cracked.  RELATED: David Letterman Rips Jay Leno, NBC in Monologue  While O'Brien may not have the warmest sentiments for Leno or NBC either (rubbing salt on the ongoing wound, he didn't get a mention in the network's announcement on Wednesday), his kind, supportive words for Fallon show what a class act he is. Plus, Coco still has his own show over on TBS until at least 2015.  [Photo credit: Tiffany Roohani/Conaco/TBS] From Our PartnersSee 'Game of Thrones' as 'Mad Men' (Vulture)Hayden Panetierre Bikinis in Miami (Celebuzz)
  • Jimmy Fallon Addresses Upcoming 'Tonight Show' Gig In 'Late Night' Monologue, Thanks Jay Leno
    By: Aly Semigran Apr 03, 2013
    Just hours after it was announced that he would take over Jay Leno's post at The Tonight Show in 2014, Jimmy Fallon, who has always avoided stepping on any toes in the late night wars, thanked his predecessor in his pre-taped opening monologue on Wednesday.  RELATED: NBC To Replace Jay Leno With Jimmy Fallon In Spring 2014 In a transcript released by NBC, Fallon opened his show by telling his audience, "This is Late Night with Jimmy Fallon…for now. You guys probably heard the news  — I’m going to be taking over the Tonight Show next February! But don’t worry. Until February, our focus is right here on whatever this show is called." He continued during the taping, showing gratitude to everyone involved: "I want to thank everyone here at Late Night, the staff, the crew, and, of course, The Roots. I have to say thanks to Jay Leno for being so gracious. It means so much to me to have his support." (While Jimmy Kimmel is certainly no Leno supporter, he sent his well-wishes to the incoming Tonight Show host on Twitter, posting "congratulations to my dear, sweet @jimmyfallon - a formidable rival and an incredible lover.") RELATED: Fallon vs. Letterman: A New New York Showdown  The host, who also thanked his fans for "staying up to 12:35 a.m. and watching us," was, unsurprisingly, more amiable about the news than Leno's longtime rival David Letterman. During his Late Show monologue, Letterman — who has a history with Leno and NBC (that's putting it lightly) — joked to his crowd, "It seems like we just went through this. Didn't we just go through this? Jay Leno now is being replaced, and this is the second time this has happened. I mean, it's crazy. He's being replaced by a younger late night talk show host. What could possibly go wrong? Honestly. They had pretty good luck with this in the past."  RELATED: David Letterman Rips Jay Leno, NBC in Monologue  Letterman, obviously referring to the Conan O'Brien (who has not yet made a statement about the news) Tonight Show takover and subsequent take back debacle from a few years ago, added, "NBC, God bless 'em, announced the official date for Jay Leno's departure. No mention of his official date of return, however." Only stinging zingers are fired in the late night war.  [Photo credit: Llyod Bishop/NBC] From Our PartnersSee 'Game of Thrones' as 'Mad Men' (Vulture)Hayden Panetierre Bikinis in Miami (Celebuzz)