Oh, and this time the change is for good, Leno insists. In 2009, you'll recall, he left for prime time. The handover of Tonight to Conan O'Brien didn't work. After eight months, O'Brien left the network and Leno headed back to late night. (Correction at 5:10 a.m. ET, April 4: Earlier, based on information from the Times, we were incorrect about how long O'Brien hosted the show; we've corrected the time reference.)
But, Leno tells the Times:
"The main difference between this and the other time is I'm part of the process. The last time the decision was made without me. I came into work one day and — you're out. ... [Now] there really aren't any complications like there were the last time. ... This time it feels right."
The Jay-to-Jimmy switch has been talked about for weeks, of course. Last night, the two funnymen sang about the saga.
Update at 1:50 p.m. ET: We're adding a question (it's not a scientific survey of public opinion, by the way).