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Get ready for a younger, sillier Tonight Show! On April 3, NBC confirmed that the rumors are true: Jimmy Fallon is replacing Jay Leno. Starting in Spring 2014, viewers will see younger-skewing, weirder and much less predictable comedy on that iconic talk show. If Fallon stays true to his own proclivities, that is.
"Congratulations Jimmy," Leno said in a statement. “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." Added Fallon in a statement, "I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow."
Of course, we're sure Leno has some sadness about leaving the show after 22 years -- but we couldn't be more stoked about Jimmy's new gig. After four years as host of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the 38-year-old Saturday Night Live alum has proved himself a serious late-night player with his irresistibly likeable personality, wacky sense of humor and super with-it house band, The Roots.
Plus, Jimmy is never afraid to go full-on goofy.
Can you imagine the current host of The Tonight Show doing his own take on "Mario Kart Love Song," complete with a guitar, pipe-cleaner mustaches and Selena Gomez trading off the singing parts? No way! Leno, 62, probably hasn't heard of Sam Hart's silly song about the Mario Brothers video game icon (which has become retro cool thanks to a souped-up Wii version), even if the song has gone viral on YouTube.
But when Fallon covered "Mario Kart Love Song" on his show, it was an immediate hit. Take a look at the video below!
Most importantly, Fallon has managed that tricky comedy maneuver of earning the respect of young hipsters without resorting to Seth MacFarlane-esque smuttiness. He's funny without being offensive. But he's also cool.
For contrast, take a look at one of Leno's recent comedy segments on The Tonight Show in this clip below.
It's funny, yes. But it makes you laugh in the same way you laughed at, say, The Cosby Show back in the day. Nothing against Cosby, but it was a long time ago. Rudy is 33 years old now and competing on ABC's Splash.
Here's hoping that Fallon will continue to do celebrity impressions in hilarious short clips, too. Ever wonder what Robert Patinson's Twilight character, Edward Cullen, would think about the iPad? Well, wonder no more. …
Aren't these the kinds of videos everyone is watching and sharing online anyway? If Fallon can bring more of this kind of humor to TV -- before our bedtimes! -- we're totally on board with him as the host of Tonight.