'The Tonight Show'

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: Jimmy Fallon will be taking over 'The Tonight Show' from Jay Leno, NBC confirmed Wednesday. (NBC / Andrew Eccles / August 23, 2010)

On Monday night, Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon addressed the rampant speculation about the future of "The Tonight Show" the way any of us would: by performing a song from "West Side Story."

In an amusing and effective display of unity, the two hosts teamed up for a duet that aired at 12:36 a.m., just as "The Tonight Show" was switching over to "Late Night."

It began with Leno walking backstage, where he was swarmed by reporters (apparently security in Burbank isn't what it used to be). Cut to New York, where Fallon sat in his 30 Rock dressing room, looking forlorn next to a pile of newspapers. As he scanned the headlines, Fallon's phone rang: It was “Tonight Show host” calling.

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