Jay Leno Will Leave The Tonight Show in February

Posted by at 10:32 am on August 12, 2013

The Tonight Show with Jay LenoJay Leno will end his 22-year stint on The Tonight Show just prior to the winter Olympics’ opening ceremonies in February, the staff of the late-night series reportedly learned Friday.

Leno’s last night in the chair will be February 6, the evening before NBC begins its coverage of the games in Sochi.

The winter games end Feb. 23, and Leno’s successor Jimmy Fallon will likely debut The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon after that.  Saturday Night Live writer-performer Seth Meyers will fill Fallon’s vacated spot at Late Night.

In accordance with Leno’s exit deal with the network,  the Tonight Show cast and crew will be paid until the comedian’s contract ends in September.

NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt recently told reporters he hopes Leno will “still be a presence” on the network after February.

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