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Jimmy Fallon, Jay Leno duet on 'Tonight': 3 key points
Jimmy Fallon joked last night about his reported move to "The Tonight Show" with its current host, Jay Leno, via a song parody of "Tonight" from "West Side Story."
The "Late NIght with Jimmy Fallon" star, who grew up in Saugerties, teamed up with Leno, a New Rochelle native, for the spoof, which aired during the usual transition between the two shows when Leno in Los Angeles throws to Fallon in New York.
But what did we learn after seeing the four-minute video?
1. Leno is willing to laugh about this, despite his reported demise. From the moment he signs off his show with "Jimmy Fallon, comin' up next!" he's seen backstage where he overhears a staffer say, "Oh, Jimmy Fallon's coming up next, all right." He even fixes his tie, Rodney Dangerfield style, perhaps miming that comic's "I get no respect" refrain in the process.
2. Fallon and Leno want to stay friends — at least on-camera. Fallon has a reputation for being Mr. Nice Guy on- and off-camera, while Leno has had a tougher time with rivals like Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel and, of course, North Salem's David Letterman. So it's interesting that the spoof has Fallon inquiring, "Jay, could I ask you something? We're still friends, right?" with Leno replying "Yeah. Course we're still friends!" Whether this is still the case in a few years remains to be seen.
3. Leno sings he's "got Fox on the line" and maybe "could take over for Dave [Letterman]." Fox's track record for late-night is spotty at best, including flops like "The Chevy Chase Show" in 1993 and "The Magic Hour" with Magic Johnson in 1998. O'Brien met with Fox executives when he left "The Tonight Show" before finding a home on TBS, which just renewed his contract through 2015. Leno at Fox seems far more realistic than taking over for Letterman, who seems to have a mutually satisfactory arrangement at CBS, but that scenario does make for an amusing one-liner in a song parody.
Who would you rather see host "The Tonight Show" — Jay Leno or Jimmy Fallon? Or would you rather see O'Brien return to host? Vote in Newsday Westchester's poll, and explain your answer in the comments section.