In his opening monologue on Thursday’s show, Leno cracked, “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.”
All kidding aside, reports say that Fallon is taking over the “Tonight Show” once Leno’s contract ends in 2014, and that the production will move to 30 Rock in NYC.
Leno had a sit-down meal with NBC Entertainment Chief Robert Greenblatt after the taping on Thursday night, but an NBC rep told the Hollywood Reporter it was just a standard meeting.
The NY Post reports that if NBC lets Leno go, FOX is ready to grab him for a possible 11:00 PM show. FOX board chairman Steve Pruett told the Post, “If FOX were to present the right business plan, the affiliate board would be interested.”
Jimmy Fallon poked fun at the “Tonight Show” shakeup rumors on Wednesday, and now it’s “Tonight” host Jay Leno’s turn.