NBC confirmed Wednesday that Jimmy Fallon will replace Jay Leno as the host of "The Tonight Show" next spring, and the show will be produced in New York once Fallon takes over.
The program was shot in Manhattan until 1972, when it moved to Los Angeles.
Lorne Michaels, the producer of "Saturday Night Live," will take over as producer of the new "Tonight Show."
NBC did not say who will replace Fallon in his current time slot.
City officials said they're glad the show is coming home.
"It really is a strong signal that the creative community is here, that the networks want to develop programming that's here, and that New York is such a viable place to be," said Katherine Oliver of the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says in a statement that he will "welcome The Tonight Show home," saying in part, "It is only fitting that as The Tonight Show returns to our state, it will be headlined by New York's own native son and resident, Jimmy Fallon. Today's announcement builds on the recent surge of television and film production happening here in New York that has restored our state as a global film production capital and driven the creation of new jobs and business growth throughout the state."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says in part in a statement, "We're thrilled 'The Tonight Show' is returning home to New York City, and it's the perfect symbol of incredible comeback we've worked to create in our city's film and television industry."