Producer: NY is best home for Fallon's 'Tonight'

Producer: NY is best home for Fallon's 'Tonight'

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Vince Vaughn and Jimmy Fallon during a taping of 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on April 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

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by LYNN ELBER / AP Television Writer

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Posted on April 16, 2013 at 8:41 PM

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Lorne Michaels says the "Tonight Show" is moving back to New York because it's the right place for its next host, Jimmy Fallon.

Michaels will produce "Tonight" when Fallon takes the show over from Jay Leno next year. The longtime force behind Manhattan-based "Saturday Night Live" says Fallon has "the energy of the city."

Fallon has been hosting NBC's "Late Night" from New York's Rockefeller Center since 2009.

Michaels said Tuesday that the show's move also is a tribute to New York itself. He says public opinion of the city has changed since Johnny Carson took the "Tonight Show" from New York to California in 1972.

Michaels made his comments during a Q&A session with comedian Martin Short at a Hollywood Radio Television & Society lunch in Beverly Hills.

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