Leno to Leave NBC's 'Tonight Show' Next Spring

This Jan. 13, 2013 file photo shows Jay Leno, host of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," left, and JimmyFallon, host of "Late Night with JimmyFallon" backstage at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Jimmy Fallon will replace Jay Leno in 2014.

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John Dawson, general manager for five NBC affiliates that have extensive reach throughout Kansas, said it will be difficult to give up a program that wins its time period by 33 percent.

"Jay has always been a great friend to the affiliates," he said. "For that alone it will be hard to give up."

But he said he believes in Fallon and in NBC's corporate owners Comcast, the nation's largest cable company.

"Comcast certainly knows how to launch entertainment programming," Dawson said.


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    Associated Press television writers Lynn Elber in Los Angeles and Frazier Moore in New York contributed to this report.

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