NEW YORK — Johnny Carson's 30-year run as host of the "Tonight Show" will end next year, and Carson's frequent sub Jay Leno will replace him, the New York Post reported today.
The Post said that Carson told stunned NBC executives at a meeting of network affiliates yesterday, "This will be the last year I'm doing the Tonight Show. My final broadcast will be May 22, 1992."
Sources told the Post that Leno would be named Carson's successor today.
Leno, 41, has been the show's "permanent guest host" since 1987.