Television show host Jimmy Fallon talks to reporters on the red carpet for the taping of the Mark Twain Prize for Humor ceremony and performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington October 19, 2014.  Photo by Jonathan Ernst via Reuters
Jimmy Fallon talks to reporters in Washington in 2014. Photo by Jonathan Ernst via Reuters
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Jimmy Fallon owes NBC a thank-you note after the network locked him in as host of “The Tonight Show” for six more years through 2021.

NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt announced the deal Thursday as part of the network’s Television Critics Assn. press tour presentation.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” the top late-night talk show, had 3.8 million viewers overall for the 2014-15 season, his first since taking over from Jay Leno.

“Jimmy has been an important member of the NBCUniversal family for 17 years,” said Steve Burke, chief executive officer of NBCUniversal. “He is extraordinarily talented, hard-working and brings a level of creativity and energy every single day that is simply unmatched in television.”

Burke called Fallon’s success at NBC “nothing short of remarkable. We couldn’t be prouder of the show he and his team put on every night and couldn’t be happier that he will remain with us at 30 Rock at least through 2021.”

— Reuters and wire services

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