Surprisingly enough, neither Leno nor Fallon posted a quick Twitter response to the news. This could not have been a shock to either man, but something public is often expected quickly these days. Maybe NBC told them to keep quiet for a bit.
Others in the celebrity world don’t need to abide by such tact.
Jimmy Kimmel, a man with a whole lot of interest in this late-night race, wasted little time in expressing his congratulations for Fallon taking over “The Tonight Show,” tweeting:
“congratulations to my dear, sweet @jimmyfallon – a formidable rival and an incredible lover”
Considering Kimmel’s longstanding and explicitly critical opinion of Jay Leno, a note like this may herald in a new era of cheerful talk-show rivalry. Let the battle of the Jimmies begin!
Hopefully, Jimmy Fallon has at least broken the news to those he currently works with at “Late Night.” That is hopefully the case, considering the tweet from Questo of The Roots (Fallon’s band on his show):
“What’s this about The Tonight Show?”
Seacrest, no stranger to the hosting game himself, quickly took to Twitter for some congratulations of his own:
“Congrats @jimmyfallon and mets bucket hat guy”
“MAZEL to the great @jimmyfallon !!!!!!!!!!!! What can’t Jimmy do!?!?! #TonightShow”
was excited via Twitter too — he even linked to the Leno/Fallon “Tonight” duet from earlier in the week:
“Congratulations @JimmyFallon — so, so happy + excited for you! #TonightShow #Kvelling http://youtu.be/YS0jVU8fLc4”
“Big congrats to @jimmyfallon on getting the Tonight Show. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.”
New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, a vocal supporter of moving “The Tonight Show” to New York may not have tweeted himself, but the mayor’s office did:
“Congrats @jimmyfallon! You’re one of the 130,000 New Yorkers who work in TV & film. The Tonight Show’s return to NYC means more good #jobs.”
“Congrats to @jayleno on a magnificent reign at the Tonight Show. Hope people stop sniping now and give him the send-off he deserves.”