updated 03/21/2013 AT 9:20 AM ET
•originally published 03/21/2013 AT 7:15 AM ET
Not only is NBC planning a new host for The Tonight Show, but a new home, too – though neither will be particularly unfamiliar to viewers of late night.
Despite his present high ratings, when the show’s long-running host Jay Leno’s contract expires in the fall of 2014, he will be succeeded by current Late Night host Jimmy Fallon, 38, reports Thursday’s The New York Times.
Furthermore, according to the paper, once the shift takes place, the program will move back to New York – the original home to the show, starting in 1954, with Steve Allen, and then, Jack Paar, as host, until 1972, when Johnny Carson (who took over in 1962) moved the show west, where it has remained ever since.
Carson, it was said, wanted access to Hollywood stars and to enjoy the California lifestyle.
Fallon’s Late Night is already in New York, at NBC’s Studios in Rockefeller Center – 30 Rock. The Hollywood Reporter says an official announcement will be made at the May upfronts.
The trade journal also points to a quote from Late Night executive producer Lorne Michaels in the April GQ: “I’m not allowed to say it – yet. But I think there’s an inevitability to it. He’s the closest to Carson that I’ve seen of this generation.”