Gramercy Park Block Association - Neighborhood News #506
Tonight at midnight on NBC Channel 4 our wonderful Gramercy Park neighbor Jimmy Fallon debuts as host of The Tonight Show.  He is taking over from longtime host Jay Leno, and moving the show back to its New York roots, 42 years after Johnny Carson moved it to Burbank, California.

The show will premiere tonight with a later than usual midnight start, thanks to NBC's Olympics coverage, but will go to its regular 11:34pm start time Tuesday.


'Tonight' Show Returns to New York After Nearly 42 Years

By BILL CARTER

 

"This is my home. I would feel out of place in L.A.," said Jimmy Fallon, the new host.  
Lloyd Bishop/NBC, via Associated Press
On Monday night, for the first time in almost 42 years, NBC's "Tonight" show will be hosted from New York. The show, which invented the form of entertainment known as late-night television, is returning to the place of its birth: Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, in the building known as 30 Rock.

 

Much of the attention in the television industry over the past month has centered on the changeover at the historic late-night show from the longtime host Jay Leno to the new star, Jimmy Fallon, but the change in location - so long in Burbank, Calif. - also represents a milestone, both culturally and in a business sense.

 

"This is where it should be," Mr. Fallon said. "It's electric here. It's the trendsetting city. It's the most alive city in the world."

 

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