NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke has calmed the waters in NBC latenight, brokering a deal for Jimmy Fallon to take the reins of “The Tonight Show” from Jay Leno following NBC’s coverage of the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The specific timing of Fallon’s ascent was still unclear, but sources said he would take over on the heels of the Olympics coverage, which runs Feb. 7-23. A source said he’d be behind the “Tonight” desk by early March at the latest.
The announcement comes after weeks of rumors and on-air carping from Leno about the network’s handling of the “Tonight Show” handoff. Burke flew to Los Angeles on March 24 to come to terms with Leno and smooth the way for “Late Night” host Fallon to move up to 11:35 p.m. In a sign that a deal was coming together, however, Leno and Fallon poked fun at »
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