Two high-level industry sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that NBC is preparing to retire Jay Leno and move Jimmy Fallon into the coveted late-night spot.
NBC is denying the claims, but sources say the network is planning a May announcement that the 2013-14 television season will be the last for Mr. Leno.
Mr. Fallon is speculated to move to the 11:35 time slot in order to attract younger viewers.
ABC moved younger comedian Jimmy Kimmel to the late-night spot in January.
“The more time Jimmy Kimmel is in that slot, the more the young audience goes that way, the harder it is for Jimmy [Fallon] to keep that audience,” a source told The Hollywood Reporter.