NBC names Conan O'Brien as next "Tonight Show" host
NBC has announced that Jay Leno will be stepping down as host of the "Tonight Show" -- but not for another five years. The big news is the naming of his eventual successor: fellow late-night host Conan O'Brien. His show currently follows Leno's. Leno plans to make the announcement on tonight's program -- a special celebration of the "Tonight Show's" 50th anniversary. Leno says he'll be 59 years old in 2009 -- when he'll mark 17 years in what he calls "his dream job." He says there's "no one" more qualified to fill his shoes than O'Brien.