Late-night hosts quip about rumors on Fallon replacing Leno

Presenters Jimmy Fallon, left, and Jay Leno in

Presenters Jimmy Fallon, left, and Jay Leno in the press room during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Jan. 13, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

After reports surfaced that Jimmy Fallon will succeed Jay Leno as host of "The Tonight Show" in 2014, the host of "Late Night" weighed in on Wednesday's edition, saying at the show's outset that "before we get started" he wanted to address reports that he'd be "moving up to 11:30, or as my parents call it, 'Ahh, it's still too late.' "

Then this: "The rumors are true that NBC is turning 'The Tonight Show' into a diving competition."

Earlier Wednesday night, Leno went after his favorite target of late: His employer. "Scientists say they're getting closer and closer to doing 'Jurassic Park'-style cloning -- things that were thought to be extinct could be brought back from the dead. So there's hope for NBC -- it could turn around."


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And, of course, Jimmy Kimmel, host of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", had to take a potshot, too. Kimmel's ascendance has been widely ascribed as the reason for the impending change at "Tonight." His show has taken some younger viewers from its NBC competitor, particularly in major markets.

Kimmel, who has publicly feuded with Leno for years, was asked by CNN's Jake Tapper whether Kimmel was indeed directly responsible for the reported succession: "God, I hope so," adding: "Obviously NBC is looking to move on because they did it once already," referring to Conan O'Brien replacing Leno in 2009.

And he added: "It makes perfect sense. Jimmy Fallon is doing a great job and he's very popular. So eventually it's going to happen one way or the other."

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