BURBANK, Calif., Feb. 1 (UPI) –
Late-night comic Jay Leno said he’s “kind of sad” to see “The Tonight Show” leaving its longtime home in Burbank, Calif., for new digs in New York.
Leno, who is leaving “Tonight” this month for a second time, said he understands the move but will miss the laid back vibe Southern California gave the No. 1 rated late night comedy show in America.
NBC announced four years ago Leno would be replaced by “Late Late Show” host and “Saturday Night Live” alum Jimmy Fallon, who is scheduled to take over the coveted chair — once occupied by comedy icon Johnny Carson — after NBC returns to regular programming following the Winter Olympics.
The show moved from New York to Burbank when Carson took over in 1972.
Local officials said they will be sad to see Leno leave because he’d become a fixture in the community.