It's Official: Jay Leno Is Leaving the"Tonight Show" Next Spring, and Jimmy Fallon Will Replace Him
JAY LENO has confirmed therampant speculation that he's leaving the "Tonight Show" next year . . . and that JIMMY FALLON will be his successor. The handoff willhappen sometime soon after NBC airs the Winter Olympics next February.
--In a statement, Lenosaid, quote, "Congratulations Jimmy. I hope you're as lucky as meand hold on to the job until you're the old guy. If you need me, I'll beat the garage."
--Fallon joked, quote,"I'm really excited to host a show that starts today instead oftomorrow."
--Apparently, Leno ISN'Tplanning on looming in the background for a few months and re-taking the show,like he did with CONAN O'BRIEN a few years ago.
--It's unclear if Lenoactually WANTS to retire . . . but NBC did give him the option of continuinguntil his contract is up in September of NEXT year, but Leno liked the idea ofusing the hype around the Olympics to give him a proper send-off, and to promoteFallon's takeover.
--So what's next forLeno? Well, he claims he's interested in hitting the road and returningto his stand-up career . . . but he isn't ruling out another late night show.
--Also, as rumored the "TonightShow" will be moving from LosAngeles to New York.
--There's no officialword who will replace Fallon on "Late Night", but there's been talk that "SaturdayNight Live's" SETH MEYERS may be at the top of the list.
(--Leno has hosted the"Tonight Show" for 21 years . . . except for the eight months Conanhad it from June of 2009 to January of 2010.)
Poor Justin Bieber Hardly HasAny Friends
JUSTINBIEBER hardlyhas any friends. But he has accepted that it has to be that way.
--Hetells "Teen Vogue",quote, "Literally, my phone never rings. I only have, like, fourpeople that I keep in contact with. I just don't trust anybody. ButI don't need a bunch of friends to make me happy."
--Thefriends Justin DOES have treat him like a regular guy. He says, quote,"They don't see me as Justin Bieber, but just see me as Justin."
--Bythe way . . . if you're a Bieber HATER, keep up the good work. Becauseyou're actually helping Justin's bottom line.
--Hesays, quote, "Every time a hater visits my YouTube page, I get, like, fourcents. So tell the haters to keep hating, keep commenting, because I'mmaking money."
--Inrelated Bieber biz, several schools in Norway have rescheduled their midtermsso they don't clash with an upcoming Justin Bieber concert.
Richie Sambora Won't Tour withBon Jovi This Month Due to "Personal Reasons"
BON JOVI guitarist RICHIESAMBORA has leftthe band's current tour. A statement posted on their site says, quote,"Due to personal issues, Richie will not be performing on this upcomingleg. All shows will go on as scheduled."
--They didn't elaborate . . . so naturally, there's talk that hemay have fallen off the wagon again. Two years ago, Richie skipped 13shows to go to rehab for alcoholism. It was his THIRD stint in rehab.
--But maybe not . . . yesterday, Richie Tweeted, quote,"Thank you everyone for your concern. I'm well, but had to stay inL.A. to take care of a personal matter. Love you all and see you verysoon."
--Meanwhile, TMZ says Richie is CLEAN .. . and this is about a "war" that has "exploded" betweenRichie and JON BON JOVI. Supposedly, they're fighting over money, and Richie is upset because he thinksJon treats him like crap.
--Regardless, the current leg of the tour runs through April 25thin San Jose. Next month, they head to South Africa for a couple shows,before beginning a European tour that runs through July 5th. Then theyreturn to the U.S. and will be in Indy on July 16th so let's hope he's back by then!
Heather Morris From "Glee" IsPregnant
HEATHER MORRIS from "Glee" is pregnant. We think. The story isall over the Internet, but so far it's only coming from a so-called"source", who says, quote, "She's a little more than threemonths along and starting to show."
--The father is Heather'slongtime boyfriend Taylor Hubbell, whom she met in high school. Thesource says, quote, "It was totally unexpected, but they are incrediblyhappy and excited." (--Heather is 26.)
--Heather . . . whoplays the airheaded cheerleader Brittany on "Glee" . . . has spoken before about her desire tosettle down with Taylor and have kids. She once said, quote, "I loveacting, but if it affects my relationship, then I won't continue."
Matt Damon and His Wife WillRenew Their Vows in St. Lucia This Month
The "NewYork Post" says MATTDAMON and hiswife Luciana Barroso will renew their vows a week from thisSaturday in St. Lucia. They reportedly spent $1 million to rent out anentire five-star Caribbean resort for the occasion.
--Guestswill include George Clooney and Stacy Keibler, and BenAffleck and JenniferGarner. (--Matt and Luciana got hitched atcity hall in 2005.)
Snoop Lion and Miley Cyrus HaveCollaborated on a Song Called "Ashtrays and Heartbreaks"
SNOOP LION'S upcomingreggae album, "Reincarnated",will feature a track with MILEY CYRUS.
--The song is called "Ashtrays and Heartbreaks".
--Youcan check it out on SoundCloud.com. "Reincarnated" comes out onApril 23rd.