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Showbiz Beat: Bring on Jimmy Fallon to Replace Jay Leno [Video]

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THE FIRST story out on the subject surfaced yesterday.

As one of the millions of Jimmy Fallon fans, all I can say is that he’s the obvious choice for “The Tonight Show” post Jay Leno.

Fallon is easy on the eyes, hilarious, very mainstream in his comedy and the best thing TV offers after 11:00 p.m., minus Conan O’Brien, who was never a good fit for “The Tonight Show.” I say this as an O’Brien fan, too.

Jon Stewart is in a different category, ensconced at Comedy Central, but also way too political and profane for the squishy 11:30 p.m. major network slots.

The other issue is the arrival of the mega-talented Jimmy Kimmel, who arrives at 11:30 p.m. for ABC in 2013 and will be the first to get a chance at the 18-49 demographic and advertising gold, something that Leno and Letterman have lost.

Both Letterman and Leno have contracts that expire in 2014.

But will the grey beards of comedy go quietly? They never have before.

But I’m rooting for Fallon.

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