Jay Leno on Handing ‘Tonight Show’ Over to Jimmy Fallon

In a rare new interview with “Extra’s” Terri Seymour, Jay Leno opened up about his one-time fling with Sharon Osbourne, and being replaced by Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show.”

At the 10th Annual Alfred Mann Foundation Gala on Sunday, Leno, who will wrap up his 22-year hosting job on the “The Tonight Show” in spring 2014, told Seymour his successor Jimmy Fallon will “be terrific.” Jay added, “He’s really good. He’s really, really funny. And he’s a good friend of mine. He’ll be great. I have no doubt of that.”

As for what Leno will do after he leaves, he admitted, “I have no idea. We’ll figure it out. That’s months away.”

Seymour also asked about all the media attention around Sharon Osbourne’s reveal that she had a “fling” with Leno in 1978 when she was in her 20s. Leno laughed, “I like Sharon. We were both single and we’re friends. She’s a nice lady. And what, it’s supposed to be shocking? It’s just silly.”

Watch more of our interviews, including what Leno had to say about the shocking Johnny Carson biography from Carson’s lawyer, Henry Buskin.