NEWYORK -- NBChas finally made the official announcement: Jimmy Fallon will be taking over The Tonight Show.
Jay Leno, The Tonight Show's longtime host, will end his 22-year run as host of the iconic late night show in the Spring of 2014.
I'm really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow, joked Fallon.
The Tonight Show will be returning to its original home at 30 Rock in New York City, and NBCsays famed producer and Emmy Award Winner Lorne Michaels will be the executive producer of the show.
New programming for the 12:35 a.m. time slot is in development and an announcement is expected soon.
Leno expressed congratulations to Fallon, saying, I hope you're as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you're the old guy. If you need me, I'll be at the garage.
NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke says, We are purposefully making this change when Jay is #1, just as Jay replaced Johnny Carson when he was #1. Jimmy Fallon is a unique talent and this is his time.