Q&A on the News

Q: Why is Jay Leno leaving as host of “The Tonight Show?” Why is the show moving to New York rather than staying in California? How much does Leno make per year on the show?

— Frank Williams, Lavonia

A: Jimmy Fallon, host of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," will take over as host of "The Tonight Show" next spring, replacing Leno. It has been reported that NBC is going for a younger host in Fallon, who is 38 years old. Leno is 62 and has been host of "The Tonight Show" for most of the past 21 years. Leno will receive $15 million, which is his yearly salary, for leaving the show several months before his contract expires. Leno had been making about $30 million a year before signing a deal to take a 50 percent cut last August. Fallon hosts his current show from New York and "The Tonight Show" will move back to NBC's headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. "The Tonight Show" originated in New York in 1954 and was there until host Johnny Carson moved it to Burbank, Calif., in 1972. Carson hosted the show in New York for 10 years before moving it to California.

Q: I’m very interested in what is happening in East Point and about the $200 million that’s missing. What’s the story behind that?

— Virginia Crook, Carrollton

A: A forensic audit has shown that the city can't account for $200 million that is missing from 2000-2012. The audit showed there were no receipts for some purchase orders, some employees received gifts from vendors and receipts were missing from city-issued credit cards, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Andy Johnston wrote this column. Do you have a question about the news? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).