Not only is NBC planning a new host for "The Tonight Show," but a new home, too -- although neither will be particularly unfamiliar to viewers of late night, People reports.
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."
During Wednesday night's monologue, Leno, 62, who succeeded Johnny Carson upon his retirement in 1992, made no mention of the prospective changeover, although he did take a shot at his network for its low ratings.
NBC has not commented -- its New York affiliate WNBC reported The Times story Thursday morning in a straightforward fashion. Still, it is said that the network wishes to avoid the problems and bad press it encountered three years ago when Leno, who was moved to prime time, and Conan O'Brien, who took over "Tonight," essentially played musical chairs with the late-night program.
O'Brien was eventually sent packing and is now on TBS. Meanwhile, on ABC, Jimmy Kimmel's show is gaining ratings traction and cachet in the "Tonight" timeslot. On CBS, David Letterman -- who wished to replace Carson on "Tonight" in 1992 -- sarcastically soldiers on.
TMZ reports that Leno will be beached when his contract is up -- but not a day before -- according to sources connected to NBC.
There has been a buzz that NBC may not want to wait and will make the change before Leon's contract expires. But that's not gonna happen.
Informed sources connected with the network tell TMZ when Leno renegotiated his contract during the Conan O'Brien mess, he demanded and got several penalty clauses that would make NBC take an ENORMOUS financial hit if it pulls the plug early.
The sources said that Jay made the penalty so big, it would be too much for NBC to swallow.
nEver since Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn revealed their romance in simultaneous Facebook posts on Monday, the reaction from women has mostly been varying degrees of head scratchin', People reports.
Why would Vonn, 28, the fresh-faced skiing star and Olympic gold medalist, go for a man whose marriage-ending sex scandal arguably made him a poster child for whom not to date?
Apparently, the answer is simple. "Tiger makes Lindsey happy," says one Vonn pal. "She isn't concerned what others think. She trusts her instincts. She is very comfortable with the relationship."
A source close to Woods, 37, says the golf pro has been open with Vonn about his past, which includes adultery and a 45-day stay in rehab, reportedly for sex addiction.
"They have sat down and talked it out more than once," says the source. "He has explained his side and owned up to what he did wrong. He has been honest with her. She's not freaked out by his past."
Rumors of a relationship heated up early last month, when Woods sent his private jet to fly Vonn home to Vail, Colo., after a crash on the slopes at the Alpine World Championships in Austria left her with torn ligaments in her right knee and a fractured shin.
Woods, who was at Vonn's side during her surgery, "has been really supportive as she recovers from her injuries," says a pal.
Famed director Martin Scorsese wants New York's mean streets to keep some of their grittiness, The Associated Press reports.
The "Gangs of New York" director has joined an effort to curb redevelopment of the Bowery. That's the former skid row near where Scorsese grew up.
Scorsese wrote to New York City Planning Commission chairwoman Amanda Burden last week. He praises the neighborhood's grittiness, ambiance and vivid atmosphere.
Scorsese is backing a plan that would limit the height of new development on the east side of the Bowery to eight stories. The plan also calls for preservation of several historic buildings.
Planning Department spokeswoman Rachaele Raynoff tells the Daily News the agency has not made a ruling. She says the department recognizes and appreciates the Bowery's historic value.
Beyonce, who seems to be everywhere as she prepares for her upcoming world tour, is going to be seen in even more places.
The 31-year-old singer is featured in H&M's new ad campaign, announced by the retailer Thursday. Mrs. Carter, as she's called in the ads, is seen lounging on a beach wearing a sundress, short shorts, a bikini and other key items from the summer collection.
H&M says the ads, which were shot in the Bahamas, aim to capture the many sides of women, showing Beyonce as strong, vulnerable, sensual, fun, flirtatious and maternal.
Beyonce said that thanks to the tropical island setting, she felt more like she was shooting a music video than a commercial.
She and her husband, Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, have a year-old daughter, Blue Ivy.