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The rumor mill is swirling with NBC possible cutting ties with Jay Leno and his The Tonight Show.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, nothing has been officially announced but it looks like Jimmy Fallon will be taking Leno’s 11:35 time slot to attract a younger viewing audience. An announcement could be made in May that Fallon will take over in summer 2014.
Leno and his talk show still do great with the viewing crowd of 18-49. The problem is that Kimmel is competitive and that could have NBC sweating.
"Kimmel has done extremely well," a network veteran said. "Jay wins overall, but on any given night, it's neck-and-neck in 18-49. I understand where they might have fear and also feel that they own the solution [in Fallon.]"
With NBC hurting for money, Leno took a pay-cut last summer to save the jobs of some of his crew member, reports The Atlantic Wire. The cash is still flowing for Leno, whose pocket is filled with close to $20 million a year.
With David Letterman possibly retiring in 2014 from his show, CBS could then be looking for a younger host to fill his spot. The thought may have crossed NBC’s minds and this could also be another reason for the Fallon push.