Jimmy Fallon has been promised by NBC that he will succeed Jay Leno as host of the "The Tonight Show" no later than fall of 2014, according to the New York Times.
NBC plans to move the show from Burbank back to New York, where Fallon's show is currently based. NBC is reportedly already building Fallon a new studio. The report also said there's talk of moving it back to its old 90-minute format.
NBC has supposedly only confirmed that it is building a new set for Fallon. "The Tonight Show" began in New York with Steve Allen in 1954. With Johnny Carson as host, the show moved to California in 1972.
Though Leno still dominates the late-night ratings, the emergence of Jimmy Kimmel in ABC's 11:30 slot is pressuring the network to get younger. ABC is able to attract big advertising money because of its younger viewers.
NBC denied the moves earlier this month when The Hollywood Reporter published a story revealing the succession plan.
Meanwhile, Leno's bitterness is coming out in recent monologues. Earlier this week, he called his NBC bosses "snakes," and has taken swipes and the network's ratings. Which sort of makes sense. When you're No. 1 at what you do, and your company is forcing you out, you could get a little ticked off about it.
"Well you know the whole legend of St. Patrick, right?" Leno said, during his monologue Monday night. "St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland, and then they came here to the United States and became NBC executives. It's a fascinating, fascinating story."
On Tuesday, Leno said "Did you hear about this? A 28-year-old woman from Serbia has a rare brain condition where she sees everything upside down. The good news? She's now been given a job at the White House as President Obama's economic adviser. Isn't that crazy? It's unbelievable. She sees everything upside down. In fact, she thinks NBC is at the top of the ratings."
In the newest issue of GQ, which comes out March 26, Fallon said "who really cares?" about whether he's the heir apparent. "In the nicest way. It would be great, sure, I guess. I'd love it, but it's not on my mind. I'm in no rush to do anything," he said told the magazine. "I'm kind of a boring character in that book. I'm not in a fight with Jay or Conan, or any of them. I don't have that story."
Of course not.
YOKO ONO POSTS JOHN LENNON'S BLOODY GLASSES IN ANTI-GUN MESSAGE: Yoko Ono marked what would have been her 44th wedding anniversary with John Lennon on Tuesday by launching an anti-gun protest featuring a photograph of the glasses Lennon was wearing when he was shot -- now coated in blood.
The former Beatles star was shot to death in 1980 outside his apartment building in New York City. According to WENN, Ono posted a poignant photograph of Lennon's blood-spattered spectacles with the caption, "Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on Dec 8, 1980."
She added, "31,537 people are killed by guns in the USA every year ... We are turning this beautiful country into (a) war zone. Together, let's bring back America, the green land of peace ... The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 33 years our son Sean and I still miss him."
MORRISSEY'S HEALTH MAY FORCE HIM TO RETIRE: Morrissey says he may have to retire.
The Smiths former singer canceled his North American tour -- including some San Francisco dates -- earlier this month after suffering a series of setbacks and illnesses including pneumonia, a stomach ulcer and the throat condition Barrett's esophagus, according to MSN.com.
Morrissey is currently recuperating in Mexico, where he told a radio station he suffered so much internal blood loss it sparked anemia and led to a number of other issues.
"I had a very bad time," Morrissey told Mexican radio station Reactor 105.7. "I had internal bleeding and I was rushed into hospital and I had lost a lot of blood. They tried to patch me together over the following five weeks but it didn't work. ... I was on lots of IV drips for almost five weeks, and each time it seemed as though I was back to robust health, I would decline. I had lost so much blood I had become anemic, but I'm still receiving ongoing treatment and I am very optimistic now."
Optimistic? Are we sure they were interviewing Morrissey?
"It almost became absurd the number of things that happened to me, but everything just attacked me at once," he said. "The double pneumonia -- everything was really a result of the fact I had lost so much blood, so the immune defenses were very, very low and couldn't cope with anything, so therefore the slightest gust of wind and I would have a terrible cold."
Asked if he has been advised to retire from music, the British singer said, "I have been cautioned to, but it's difficult for me because it's very ingrained in me."
Morrissey, a vegan and animal rights activist, also made headlines recently when he angrily canceled an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" because cast members from the popular reality show "Duck Dynasty" were also scheduled to appear.
KATE UPTON MAY GO TO THE PROM: Kate Upton said she's considering going to the prom with a high school kid whose video invite went viral this week.
The two-time Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl, 20, saw the video made by high school senior Jake Davidson, and told him she'd check her schedule.
"You can call me Katie if you want!" the blonde, buxom model tweeted to Davidson, who asked (while taking a shower) in the video whether to call her "Kate" or "Katie." "How could I turn down that video! I'll check my schedule ;)" she wrote.
If she really goes, that kid's head is going to explode.
According to Us Weekly, the YouTube clip shows Davidson making his hilarious case for Upton to escort him to his prom on May 23, 2013.
"I'm Jewish, 5'9" on a really good day -- and I can't dance. At all," the L.A. resident said. "You're Christian, 5'10", and that Cat Daddy video should have won an Oscar for best short film. You could say this is destiny," he says, adding, "It would mean the world to me if you came and I would do anything to make sure you get here."
"Kate, great moments are born from great opportunity," he said. "And that, is what you have here today. A chance to make a nice guy's senior year the best ever."
KRISTEN STEWART AND ROBERT PATTINSON STILL TOGETHER: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are apparently still together, after not being seen in public the past couple months, which sparked all those nasty breakup rumors.
The world is right again, and we'll all sleep better for it.
Pattinson has returned to the United States after two months of filming in Australia. He and Stewart were spotted Wednesday night enjoying a group date at one of their favorite L.A. haunts, Ye Rustic Inn.
Sounds about right for a couple vampires.
"They seemed really happy to be with each other," a witness told E! News.
"Rob and Kristen were having so much fun together," an insider said. "They sat in the back of the bar in a booth and were laughing. At one point, they were standing at the bar and were just being normal, as any boyfriend and girlfriend would be with each other. They were touchy-feely. She was holding on to his jacket and had her hand on his back. They were just cute."
"My friend is a photographer so she is not shy about going up to people and asking for photos, so she just asked them for one," another Ye Rustic Inn patron told E!. "Kristen was super nice. "She was like 'You know how many times I get asked that, no problem.' Rob was a little bit more shy. (Stewart) was like, 'Come over here, Rob, don't be an (expletive).' She was laughing and put her arm around me. He smiled and took the pic. She was super friendly."
That really was super nice, OMG, smiley face.
Later in the night, the source saw Stewart and Pattinson outside. "At one point I was outside and they were playing around in the street," she said. Stewart "and her friend were, like, racing. They were having a lot of fun."
I can almost hear the birds singing.
MARCH 22 IN HISTORY
Friday is March 22, the 81st day of 2013. There are 284 days left in the year.
1312: Pope Clement V issued a papal bull ordering dissolution of the Order of the Knights Templar.
1638: Religious dissident Anne Hutchinson was expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for defying Puritan orthodoxy.
1765: The British Parliament passed the Stamp Act of 1765 to raise money from the American colonies, which fiercely resisted the tax. (The Stamp Act was repealed a year later.)
1820: U.S. naval hero Stephen Decatur was killed in a duel with Commodore James Barron near Washington, D.C.
1894: Hockey's first Stanley Cup championship game was played; home team Montreal defeated Ottawa, 3-1.
1933: During Prohibition, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure to make wine and beer containing up to 3.2 percent alcohol legal.
1941: The Grand Coulee hydroelectric dam in Washington state went into operation.
1943: The Khatyn Massacre took place during World War II as German forces killed 149 residents of the village of Khatyn, Belarus, half of them children.
1958: Movie producer Mike Todd, the husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor, and three other people were killed in the crash of Todd's private plane near Grants, N.M.
1963: The Beatles' debut album, "Please Please Me," was released in the United Kingdom by Parlophone.
1978: Karl Wallenda, the 73-year-old patriarch of "The Flying Wallendas" high-wire act, fell to his death while attempting to walk a cable strung between two hotel towers in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
1988: Both houses of Congress overrode President Ronald Reagan's veto of the Civil Rights Restoration Act.
1993: Intel Corp. unveiled the original Pentium computer chip.
2003: Anti-war activists marched again in dozens of cities, marshaling well over 100,000 in Manhattan and sometimes trading insults with backers of the U.S.-led war on Iraq. U.S. forces reported seizing a large weapons cache in Afghanistan.
2008: Vice President Dick Cheney, visiting the Middle East, said the U.S. had an "enduring and unshakable" commitment to Israel's security and its right to defend itself against those bent on destroying the Jewish state.
2012: Coroner's officials ruled singer Whitney Houston died by drowning the previous February, but that heart disease and cocaine use were contributing factors. In a dramatic end to a 32-hour standoff, a masked French SWAT team slipped into the Toulouse apartment of an Islamic extremist suspected of seven killings, sparking a firefight that ended with the suspect jumping out the window and being fatally shot in the head.
Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim (83), Evangelist broadcaster Pat Robertson (83), actor William Shatner (82), Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, (79), singer-guitarist George Benson (70), CNN newscaster Wolf Blitzer (65), composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (65), sportscaster Bob Costas (61), actor Matthew Modine (54), actress Reese Witherspoon (37).