Jay Leno feels the time is right to hand “The Tonight Show” torch over to Jimmy Fallon.
Leno, 62, has hosted NBC’s late-night show since 1992, except for an eight-month period when he was replaced by Conan O’Brien. Leno told the New York Times:
The main difference between this and the other time is I’m part of the process. The last time the decision was made without me. I came into work one day and — you’re out. [This time around] there really aren’t any complications like there were the last time. This time it feels right.”
After leaving “Tonight,” Leno told The Times he expects to be “back on the road, being a comedian again.”
“The Tonight Show” switch has been talked about for weeks, and Leno and Fallon did a musical video about the saga.: