NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’ Getting a New Name

Jimmy Fallon, seen recently on NBC's "Late Night" (Photo: NBC)

NBC’s legendary series “The Tonight Show” is paying tribute to the past, and will change its name when Jimmy Fallon comes aboard in February.

The show, now officially known as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” is getting a tweak and will become known as “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon,” according to Deadline.

The change from “with” to “starring” echoes of the early days of the show, when it was known as “The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.”

In addition, the site says that “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” writer Amy Ozols will exit the show and join “The Tonight Show” next year. Ozols has written and produced popular “Late Night” parodies such as the recent “Game of Desks” and Fallon’s opening for the 2010 Emmy Awards.

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