It’s Official. Jay Leno Leaving The Tonight Show.

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Well, there you have it!

After weeks of speculation, Jay Leno has officially announced that he is leaving the Tonight Show.

And, television, as we know it, has taken a strange turn and embraced a newer, “hipper”, McDonald’s kind of comedy – where we can mindlessly play with our iPads and sort of watch whatever is on TV.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I think Jimmy Fallon is a great guy and wonderful comedian. I just don’t particularly like his brand of – how shall I put it – talk show hosting? He seems awkward and stiff, although I understand the appeal he may have to a demographic who can no longer relate to Jay’s brand of humor and intensive interview skills.

The world has changed, the thinking has changed and, historically, television has always been a reflection of the way we live. Social media, where quick Tweets and Facebook status updates govern the manner in which we communicate, has taken over.

And Jimmy Fallon is a reflection of this, having successfully embraced technology, incorporating it into his late night talk show. So, it’s his turn at bat and I do wish him well.

Here is a clip from the CNN news release:

(CNN) — On Wednesday, Jay Leno confirmed the rampant reports that he’s once again departing “The Tonight Show,” presumably for good this time.

He’ll wrap up his 22-year run as host in spring 2014, with Jimmy Fallon officially signing on as his replacement.

“Congratulations Jimmy,” Leno said. “I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you’re the old guy. If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.”

According to a statement from NBC, “As part of the transition, ‘The Tonight Show’ will be returning to its original home in 30 Rock in New York” from Leno’s base of Los Angeles.

So, it’s the end of an era and Jay Leno will most certainly be leaving on a high note when his final show airs in the Spring of 2014.

Then, it’s over to Jimmy Fallon! But the question remains: “Where will Jay be”? Ah yes, therein lies the rub!

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

2 Responses to “It’s Official. Jay Leno Leaving The Tonight Show.”

  1. Maria Scalabrini April 3, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Bravo review! Will miss Jay terribly. Unfortunate loss no matter what people think!


  2. Well, thank you and welcome Maria!! I have a feeling that NBC will do some specials with him. I really love the guy as well. Don’t know why he receives such bad press.


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