That’s what it looks like, although he is not as edgy as Conan, he has done a superb job filling the shoes of the late Johnny Carson. Since he took over in 1993 the show has had its ups and downs but for the most part has dominated the 11.30 timeslot. Proving Leno is as likable and popular as ever. Even with an insurgent Nightline on ABC, The Tonight show holds its ground quite well.
You would think with that track record NBC would be crazy to loose Leno even after he leaves The Tonight Show? Well you would be right. From the latest reports it seems as if NBC is already planning something for Leno when he leaves. Is it a new show? Perhaps primetime? Or something entirely different? What would be astounding is if he took the 12.30 slot. That is extremely unlikely as that slot has previously been for edgier younger comics like Conan and Letterman. So whatever Leno does when he leaves TTS it should be exciting and I personally hope he will stick around for many years to come.