The Cricket's Daily 3: Leno stepping aside? Yeah, right
Published: March 21, 2013 07:15AM
Updated: March 22, 2013 09:23AM
FILE - This Jan. 13, 2013 file photo shows Jay Leno, host o f "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," left, and Jimmy Fallon, host of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" backstage at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. As Jay Leno lobs potshots at ratings-challenged NBC in his "Tonight Show" monologues, speculation is swirling the network is taking steps to replace the host with Jimmy Fallon next year and move the show from Burbank to New York. NBC confirmed Wednesday, March 20, it's creating a new studio for Fallon in New York, where he hosts "Late Night." But the network did not comment on a report that the digs at its Rockefeller Plaza headquarters may become home to a transplanted, Fallon-hosted "Tonight Show." (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, file)

Here's what's happening in pop culture:

• The New York Times reports that Jimmy Fallon will succeed Jay Leno as host of “The Tonight Show” by next year – and the show will move back to New York. Of course, we thought Conan O'Brien would host “The Tonight Show” for years and years, and look what happened there. [The New York Times]

• Singer Michelle Shocked is apologizing for comments at a San Francisco show last weekend that were perceived as anti-gay. “I do not, nor have I ever, said or believed that God hates homosexuals (or anyone else),” she wrote in a rambling explanation. [Entertainment Weekly]

• Disney is remaking its 1977 live-action/animated hybrid “Pete's Dragon” – and if you don't remember it, neither does anybody else. (It featured the big-screen acting debut of Helen Reddy, if that helps.) Even weirder, one of the writers hired to write the screenplay is David Lowery, who directed the outlaws-on-the-run Sundance entry “Ain't Them Bodies Saints.” [Vulture]