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Fallon Replacing
Leno In 2014??

Published at: Dec. 18, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST

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NBC has been quietly contacting talent agents about finding a replacement for Jimmy Fallon on “Late Night,” according to the New York Daily News.

The reason, apparently, is that NBC is giving serious thought to giving Fallon “The Tonight Show” when Jay Leno’s contract expires in 2014.

This time there is no talk of moving Leno, 62, to primetime, where “The Jay Leno Show’ aired 95 episodes between Sept. 14, 2009 and Feb. 9, 2010.

The changes are reportedly being mulled in anticipation of Jimmy Kimmel, 45, taking over the 11:35 p.m. slot on ABC early next year. The network, perhaps concerned that a younger man could dominate late-night audiences, are said to be hopeful that Fallon, 38, could keep NBC strong in the slot.

Find all of the New York Daily News’ story on the matter here.

 

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  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Leno Replacing Fallon in May 2014!!

    by ironburl

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Hehehehe... Winter's BONE

    by Domi'sInnerChild

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST

    I wonder what Fallon will look like in a Beard

    by ironburl

    Once Jay decides he wants the Tonight Show back again.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Poor Conan.

    by Crow3711

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST

    IVE BEEN WATCHING "THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON"...

    by PRESIDENT BALTAR

    ...FOR AOUT A MONTH NOW.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Alternative theory: Maybe Fallon just sucks?

    by eveelcapitalist

    I don't know what his ratings are like but who watches that guy? He's completely unfunny. Fallon's lasted longer than I expected (and I suspect, longer than Fallon expected as well) but I would think...I would hope...that NBC is putting out feelers simply to look for a new host for Late Night. But NBC *is* run by braindead assholes who might think this is a smart move. And Leno has been taking shots at the Present Nitwit In Chief and that probably has the leftards at NBC up in arms. Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon...heh, a winner if there ever was one. As for Kimmel...look, I like the guy well enough. Really, I respect the guy. He goes out, gets a couple of chuckles. He's a hard worker, but he's not really that funny. Better than Fallon, but not by much. Between him, Leno and Letterman he wouldn't win shit. But what do I know.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Leno isn't leaving

    by T-RACE

    He'll be hosting The Tonight Show as a zombie before someone else takes over. I will say Fallon has the best house band, but other than that I can't speak much about his late show.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Fallon

    by SSquirrel

    Jimmy actually has really good ratings and I don't have cable (and my over the air sucks here) so I don't watch regularly anymore, but my wife and I have enjoyed his stuff since he started. He's only 2 years older than I am, so it's kind of nice having someone with a lot of the same tastes as me as a major TV host. The Tonight Show could do a helluva lot worse

  • Someone remind me what the word for that is, when you laugh and ruin a sketch. There's some theatrical term. Shit. I don't know how to do a search for this. Please someone help.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    spacehog

    by xsikal

    Other than maybe breaking character, not sure what term you are looking for.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Why all the hate?

    by TheCommodore

    I think Jimmy Fallon is hilarious.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Yeah, maybe there isn't one and I'm just imagining it.

    by spacehog

    Urban Dictionary lists it as a ''Jimmy Fallon,'' but I could have sworn there was, you know, something before him.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST

    CORPSING! It's corpsing. Thanks xsikal.

    by spacehog

    Looking up ''breaking character'' on wikipedia brought me to it.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Fallon must give awesome blow-jobs to NBC execs

    by Uncle Stan

    because he is absolutely unfunny.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    spacehog

    by detseason

    It's called corpsing. By breaking up during the scene, you are essentially killing it. Hence the name.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    So, Jimmy Fallon, who took over for Conan O'Brien

    by jim

    is now set to take over for Jay Leno, who took over from Conan O'Brien after Conan O'Brien took over from Jay Leno? Did I get that right?

  • It's not ready for "prime time." BUT people probably said the same thing about Dave.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Who cares.....all you need is Letterman!!

    by DavyKleinfeld

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Conan forces out Jay, Jay forces out Conan,

    by jim

    Conan forces out George, Jimmy forces out Jay. Who takes over "Late Night"? George Lopez, of course!

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST

    My bet is still Chelsea Handler.

    by HellKing

    They already moved her into Conan's Tonight Show studio that was built just for him. Jimmy Fallon is just not that interesting. He's not going to get the younger viewers because he's the safe choice. They're going to go watch Jimmy Kimmel. I know there are those that don't like Chelsea Handler but she gets A-List guests that you think she wouldn't. But if everyone liked her, she would be Jimmy Fallon. Chelsea Handler will get more buzz.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    They could always go with their other plan

    by jim

    Put Jay on at 11:30 for a 1/2 hour, then have "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" start at midnight. Because I'm still curious to see what that 30 minute Jay Leno Not-The-Tonight-Show-Tonight Show-Warm-Up-Show would be.

  • It's not that unlikely. Also, thanks detseason. We did it, buddy. We did it. I can sleep easy tonight.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 4:05 p.m. CST

    spacehog, I believe the term you are looking for

    by jim

    is "unprofessional".

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    [ackbar]

    by The Garbage Man

    IT'S A TRAP! [/ackbar]

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    As a long time conan fan

    by Redhead_Redemption

    His TBS show is awful, I found that he really hit his groove just as all the Leno scandal was hitting. That was the tonight show everyone wanted and If at that moment him and NBC had sorted stuff out It would have been a new age in late night Conan however couldn't carry over that steam to his new show and it's just gotten worse and worse. Leno still sucks ass balls and lettermen seems to have given up. I suppose Fallon could compete with kimmel but then again A nightly show on the economical history of Latvia would be more entertaining then jimmy kimmel

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    in the uk...

    by popboy

    its alan car chatty man or Graham Norton. alcohol really loosen the guests up. Alan Car specstacular. was unreal and surreal and all the guests got pissed on channel 4 on New years eve. Carr interviewed his guests while at the same time having drinking games. RTE admitted recently that all the guests were drunk and all the studio audiences were merry. it was rte 50th year and rte has the distinction of having the worlds longest running chat show. Anyone who sees cars chatty man will know that at the start of each interview he will decant drinks. I cant see any of this happening in the US. chat show hosts pour drinks on tv. to loosen thier guests up.. which is ironic cause didnt chelsea handler have a drink problem before she became a cruise bot.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    so thier plan is to replace a really shitty talkshow host

    by jsfithaca

    with another really shitty talkshow host?

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Rte's top two shows of the year were

    by popboy

    the finale of love/hate. which is the most successful drama in rte's history and has been sold too many countries and the toy show. which caps off a terrible year for its host ryan tubridy. The longest running tv show in the world has been losing viewers for a while. and unannounced pre recorded interviews havent helped either. those interviews were depressing. as they dealt with suicide and a woman who's son was mistakenly killed in a gangland feud.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    You are all crazy! (well some of you)

    by Deceased Fan

    Fallon's show is great. His interviews are very casual and seem fun for the guests. He plays games with the guests that humble even the most staunched celebrity. The show has the spirit of the old Letterman show. He has grown into the rightful and deserving heir to the Letterman/Conan throne. I don't know about the Tonight Show. I'm still chafed from the Conan debacle and still see him as the man for that job. Another thing about Fallon is that he's a down to earth guy. I met him after an SNL show in 2003. It was mid Feb with way below freezing temps and he stayed out until every fan got a picture or autograph or whatever they wanted. There was no attitude or expression of superiority. (Unlike a few other players) Speaking of SNL. He and Horatio Sanz were notorious for cracking up and I think it improved half the sketches that it occurred in. Would anyone remember Debbie Downer if they hadn't lost it? No you wouldn't.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Fallon ain't no Conan

    by Joey Stars

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    NBC just can

    by cerberus

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    SOMEONE EXPLAIN TO ME ...

    by Todaysfate

    ... what is being refered when someone says ... "I've been watching ______ for about a month now" ... WHAT IS THAT FROM?

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST

    NBC just can't stop messing up.

    by cerberus

    No one is going to watch Jimmy Kimmell as long as they have a choice between Jay and Dave. America will turn in because Jimmy is new. Once the newness wears off the audience will leave him, just like they left Conan. Fallon isn't ready, I doubt he ever will be. NBC's problem is that they are always reacting to what other networks do. That is fine when your behind, but when you have the number one show in latenight!? America had a choice between Jay and Dave and they chose Jay...TWICE. If America will choose Jay over Dave what in the heck makes them think that they will choose Jimmy over Jay? The time to replace Jay will be when he isn't the ratings champ...and not one day before.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST

    At least Conan won't be alone when Jimmy gets screwed

    by Kyle DeMattio

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Corpsing..

    by Steve Smith

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urbG2kRVCCE ..pop knob in fanny

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Todaysfate... Search for Harry's Jack Reacher review.

    by Mr Soze

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST

    BREAKING: Jay Leno to replace Jimmy Fallon in 2014

    by digduggler

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Awesome, digduggler

    by Larry_Sanders

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 6:15 p.m. CST

    @ todaysfate, here's the review Mr Soze mentioned

    by jim

    http://www.aintitcool.com/node/59895 It's also the origin for "He uses the greyhound bus system to travel. No id checks, no tracking." Enjoy

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Leno vs fallon vs david vs handler

    by HoraceSkinner

    The tonight show is different. Its not for people like fallon, handler, or even dave. Ever. Leno is safe but that's for the demographic. Besides dave died years ago. His a Lich. Leno.isn't giving up thr chair until someone steps onto that stage and chops his head off and takes his quickening.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 6:31 p.m. CST

    SNL has truley been awful for years

    by HoraceSkinner

    Fallon is much better at hosting late late night talk show ( great guest great band ) but he was awful on SNL. Its brutal. Has not been funny since they cleaned house of Sandlers crew years ago. the only ppl less funny than fallon in recent memory ate those chicks.they keep telling us are funny but are anything but funny Ps I thought corpsing was SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Are you fucking kidding me? Fallon Sucks

    by chien_sale

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    More importantly, who would replace Fallon

    by David

    Go the unknown route like when Conan replaced Dave? Or, hire a known personality like Jimmy replacing Conan? Reality is it will be a white guy, but it'd be nice for NBC to break the mold, this generation needs an Arsineo Hall..... Late Night with Dave Chappelle??????

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Doesn't Leno still win the ratings?

    by Charlie

    Seriously it's the puzzling thing. Leno was winning in the ratings, they wanted to replace him. However because he was winning in the ratings they decided to not replace him and fuck Conan over. So now, while he is still winning they want to replace him again? Fallon isn't bad, but Conan is much better so it makes no sense. Kimmel, who is good, his demographic surely isn't going to take too much away from Leno's ratings. So it makes no sense. I must say though, Craig Ferguson is the funniest. His show is always funny to watch.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 6:55 p.m. CST

    You all realize that Conan's contract is up in April 2014, right?

    by AlienFanatic

    I mean, if he wants it, it's entirely possible that NBC could offer him the Tonight show job again. He might think he'd be screwed again (wouldn't you?) but it's an entirely new ballgame now that Comcast owns NBC. Imagine the incredible face-saver that would be for NBC. And, considering how small his audience is on TBS, Conan would be silly not to give it a hard look. Hey, it's entirely possible that NBC really is looking at Fallon, which is kinda sad, but it'd be a groin kick to Kimmel if Conan came back to NBC amid much pomp and circumstance.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Put Chelsea Handler on

    by houbou

    She would bring 'up' the male audience / or would 'wet' the appetite of the lesbian one :)

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Remember that really funny movie awhile back, Taxi?

    by kindofabigdeal

    Neither do I.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Chelsea Handler looks like Willem Dafoe in a blonde wig.

    by Deceased Fan

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 7:13 p.m. CST

    I saw Taxi in the theater.

    by Deceased Fan

    I have nothing more to add.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST

    I did enjoy Fever Pitch though.

    by Deceased Fan

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST

    I'd rather watch Kimmel if you put a gun to my head.

    by kindofabigdeal

    I imagine only people over 50 watch the Tonigh Show, or any of that crap.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST

    David Lynch should groom Louis CK for the job

    by Uncle Stan

    Wait, I think I saw that somewhere already.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    hell yeah Louie CK! hahahaaha his show is great

    by Matthew

    Conan is damaged goods now, not coming back to NBC. Didn't Leno just take a pay cut? Leno should of left for ABC instead of bumping Conan. I guess Jay wanted to be screwed by NBC like Dave and Conan. Best thing to ever happen to Dave was not getting the Tonight Show job. Dave has lower ratings and gets paid more and never has to worry about his job security like Leno. I really hope Fallon takes over from Leno, Leno missed his chance to leave NBC too, and is damaged goods now as well. I personally don't watch any late night tv unless someone else puts it on. I watch Letterman online, and Conan online from time to time depending on the guest or if I have time to kill. I love when Fallon does his musical impersonations, which I watch online, same with Kimmel I watch him online. Anyway company man Leno kissing up to NBC didn't work out this time, should of left when you had the chance

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Lucy

    by deelzbub

    football

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST

    30 Rock is ending this year, so Tina Fey's free

    by jim

    to take over from Fallon. Although, seeing her standing next to Lorne Michaels recently on SNL makes me think taking over that show might be her next big gig.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST

    I would watch the Tonight Show with the Corpse of Carson

    by Matthew

    maybe I'm too young but I never thought Carson was all that funny. I just liked Phil Hartman and Dana Carvey as Carson and Ed McMahon. Carson had no competition, no video games, cable, other talk show hosts. You either watched Carson or didn't watch tv at the time. Carson's old bits play on a late night tv info commercial and not a funny one at all! When Rickel's broke Johnys pencil box was funny though. I appreciated that Carson had guest hosts unlike Leno and Letterman who through on repeats with dated jokes

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Trying to be as objective as possible...

    by HansBubi

    I find it interesting that people like the down-to-earth nature of Fallon's interviews with guests, and the younger-ish generation also approves of the music on the show. However, no one really seems to claim that Fallon himself is particularly funny. It seems like Fallon could be replaced by someone more naturally funny and more interesting yet still keep the down-to-earth approach and the hip musical acts (including the show's backup band). On the other hand, I wonder if Fallon moves up (down?) if the "comedy" element of late night will become less of a focus. I'm pretty indifferent on the issue since I haven't watched Late Night in a while. Conan's creative peak seems to have passed, and Fallon is too "just okay." It will take someone new that really proves him or herself to reinvigorate late night.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Yeah...

    by JediWuddayaknow

    And then Leno will be back a week later when his newest venture bombs.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 7:38 p.m. CST

    The only one left in late night that's funny is...

    by The_Mad_Groper

    Craig Ferguson!! FTW!

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 7:53 p.m. CST

    hansbubi

    by SSquirrel

    Nah there are plenty of us who think Fallon is funny. Plus he is a huge geek and that is fun. Hell, I still want another History of Rap heh

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 8:03 p.m. CST

    spacehog - I've always heard it called "breaking"

    by Red11

    Googled "Corpsing" and it is the UK term. They addressed it in the live episode of 30 Rock. Tracy wanted to crack up for cheaper laughs. I immediately thought of Fallon in his SNL days. I later saw Tracy perform live, and noticed he did it on stage to sell his closer.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 8:26 p.m. CST

    People under 60 actually watch late night tv?

    by Mugato5150

    Cool, those people won't mind that whippersnapper taking over Leno, provided they've gotten over Carson.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Hey philjacksonisthemasterofzen

    by Napabar

    Carson was the best talk show host ever. The GOLD standard. You don't deserve to smell his shit....

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 9:01 p.m. CST

    I'm surprised by the Fallon hate...

    by heks

    When his show first started I thought it was terrible, but since then I think he's really grown into it. Someone commented that some people like Fallon's show but don't really seem to think *he's* funny. I think he's funny but, oddly, I'm not sure how relevant that is in view of the competition. To me, Fallon has the best overall offering, and I think it would probably be a mistake to think it would keep the charm without him. Ferguson is probably the funniest guy, but his interviews are often pretty terrible, overly short and you never actually learn anything about what his guests are doing, which is annoying when you're actually interested. Fallon is second funniest IMO, and he has good interviews that his guests actually seem to enjoy, and the games he plays with them are great cause they take the guests out of the take-myself-too-seriously image and make them fun. Also, Fallon's segments are the only ones on any of the late night shows I actually find funny (except sometimes for Ferguson). Conan can be funny too, but I find the fawning over him a little much and rarely bother tuning in anymore. Jay isn't funny. Period. Letterman is smart, which makes him funny, but I don't really watch Letterman for laughs. Letterman has good interviews most of the time, which is why I watch, but the guests still don't seem as at ease or well-used as on Fallon. Kimmel can also be entertaining, but his shtick leans towards the dumb most of the time, even though he's obviously very quick-witted when improvising. So I think when it comes to strictly Funniest show its: 1) Ferguson 2) Fallon Best/most informative interviews: 1) Letterman 2) Fallon Best use of guests overall: 1)Fallon 2)No close second Best segments or skits: 1) Fallon 2) Ferguson (the rest are mostly dumb or boring) Best musical content overall: 1) Fallon 2) None. Fallon wins by a mile, best house band, most musical talent, seemingly biggest fan of music in general Most entertaining overall: 1) Fallon 2) Ferguson (simply because he's hilarious all on his own) Anyway, so that's just my opinion, but like I said, I'm surprised by the Fallon hate. Fallon is the only one I'll consistently watch anymore regardless of the guest.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 9:23 p.m. CST

    I'm either asleep or having sex with my wife at 11:30

    by Christopher Bynum

    So I don't give a shit.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Heks-You shouldn't be surprised by the Fallon hate

    by cerberus

    I forgot where I heard this, but someone once said that Jimmy Fallon is an old person's idea of what a young person is like.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Chelsea Handler

    by KoolerThanJesus

    Would rather see this go to Chelsea Handler. She is the funniest thing on in late night besides the Stewart/Colbert combo most of the time.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Fallon's strength is playing on '90s nostalgia

    by SnapT

    And the 11:30 Leno viewers are more nostalgic for the '60s and '70s because they are very old. So it's not a good match.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Seth Meyers

    by DavidBanner

    I think he would be the right choice. He's funny and can actually inteview people. Nothing against Fallon, I just don't see him ever getting the Tonight Show.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Letterman is still the best.

    by DavidBanner

    Very funny and a skilled broadcaster. Colbert and Stewart are brilliant, but do different kinds of shows. Colbert is absolutely can't miss.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 11:11 p.m. CST

    They should throw a mountain of money at Seinfeld..

    by J

    Jerry would be great at that job, and ratings would be through the roof.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Jerry Seinfeld is 58.

    by Hercules

    And Larry David was the funny one.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Late night is really going to change

    by Tony W

    Leno is almost done. Letterman is almost done. Fallon will take The Tonight Show. It's the gem of the bunch to host. Leno sucks ass Ferguson's show is boring as hell Jimmy Kimmel is ok, couple funny skits but the show is boring and the band is non-existent. Conan was great on NBC at 1230, but when he moved to The Tonight Show, it totally lost its charm. Now the TBS show is boring as hell. Letterman is great, not as fun as he used to be, but always been my favorite. Didn't like Fallon in the beginning, but he has become the best show overall. Great skits, great set up, great band. His monologue use to suck, now it just sucks less. But he is the most talented of any of them. His impersonations are fantastic. So Fallon will take Leno's spot. Which is fine as long as they don't change anything and he doesn't move to LA.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Here's why Fallon will succeed at the Tonight Show:

    by HonestAbe

    He's likeable. He's not falling-down-chortling hilarious, but he's a funny dude and very likeable. He's the only late night show that I Tivo, and I don't even know why. He's just pleasant to watch, and that's what counts at this timeslot.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 1:09 a.m. CST

    They should throw a mountain of money at Larry David..

    by J

    And Seinfeld could be his sidekick.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Surprised at the Kimmel hate/Handler love

    by ShelbKis

    Yeah, Carolla was the funnier of that duo, but Kimmel's writing is great and his interviews are a great mix of informative and funny. Everyone seems to love him in Hollywood since he's found a way to insult celebrities in a way that lets them get in on the joke, even if it's true. His video segments are the best out of any one else on traditional late night television. Chelsea Handler on the other hand, is terrible and I can't believe any one is on here saying she'd be good on the Tonight Show. She's not funny and only comes off as an angry bitch. She talks about sex because it's a cheap laugh and she gets good guests because she sucks up to them. She's an eyesore who acts like she's a model and women love her because she's like the girl in the group who makes up for being the ugly one by being the one who lashes out at the other girls who stole their men. Not to mention she literally slept her way to the top by fucking the president of E! or whatever it was.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Fallon has done very well, being positive is a good difference maker

    by futureman3000

    Fallon seems like he will be along for a really long time and him being a nice guy on his show will keep it somewhat different, I also like that he has bits/skits/games, Letterman hardly does those anymore. Fallon and Kimmel are the two best late night shows now. Rankings: Kimmel- good mashup of videos, monologue Fallon- easiest to watch Letterman- doesn't care enough anymore Ferguson- not late talk show enough for me Conan- show too much about him Leno- think the same as everyone else I also saw Seinfeld two times in the last year, he is really funny and great at standup, better than I thought he'd be.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Herc what the fuck?!?!

    by DavidBanner

    Seinfeld is halarious. Anyone who is familiar with him and his show knows that.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Sorry Herc

    by DavidBanner

    Didn't mean to get overly excited...just surprised by your comment.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Nobody noticed this?

    by Sw0rdfish

    "The reason, apparently, is that NBC is giving serious thought to giving Fallon “The Tonight Show” when Jay Leno’s contract in 2014." Or, to focus more directly-- "...when Jay Leno’s contract in 2014."

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 6:48 a.m. CST

    tonight show sucked since they chose leno over letterman

    by Hugh Gustavus

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST

    fallons only good work was 2 min cameo in band of brothers

    by Hugh Gustavus

    HES NOT FUNNY!!

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Conan

    by Carnage31

    So I guess TBS will soon have another lead in for Conan.....Fallon/Conan....coming early 2015

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Chelsea Handler is a talentless cunt.

    by Kevin Spellman

    GARMY STRONG

  • She's already got a built-in audience, and even though some of them might not follow her to late night, you'll make up for that with new viewers. She already has a strong relationship with NBC and they would make big waves by hiring not only the first female host of the Tonight Show but the first gay host as well.

  • Hey, it's great to see you buddy! I gotta tell you, I'm a huge, huge fan. I think *insert whatever the guest is best known for here* is so awesome. Oh my god, it's just like, so amazing! It's really awesome, buddy! SUCH a huge fan.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 8:34 a.m. CST

    My vote for replacing Leno...

    by JB

    I would keep Fallon where he is, he may one day be ready to sit in Carson's seat, but he hasn't hosted Late Night long enough to take the baton from Jay. You need someone established that can sit in that chair for 5 years until the next heir can be groomed. I say throw in Ricky Gervais. He's smart, funny, controversial, and he's had hosting gigs before. Could you imagine him sitting in that chair with Steven Merchant as his Ed McMahon. Would he not kill interviewing Hollywood A-listers? And the skits he and Steven would come up with would be nuts. I would never fly though. I don't think USA could handle a british guy hosting the Tonight Show. But one can Dream Right.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 8:44 a.m. CST

    kevinps - spot on, man!

    by juice willis

  • It's not even close.

  • Somehow, it'll happen, believe me...

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    *has a guest

    by Kevin Spellman

  • Then, listen as everyone over 55 gives a collective gasp in horror.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Ferguson is the only one I watch these days

    by cromulent

    Talking robot and a dancing horse sidekicks. So weird.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    A Fallon/Feguson/Kimmel 11:35 battle

    by Truxton Spangler

    Ferguson has proven he can be a good interviewer, but he's abandoned that for innuendo and silliness. Maybe if he takes over for Letterman, he'll do a '11:35' show and tone it down. The comment about Fallon's 'fanboy' interviews is spot on. Haven't watched enough of Kimmel to gauge his interview skill, but his bits can be pretty good. But the truth it, all of these shows are just PR vehicles with some comedy and music thrown in. If you want real interviews, look elsewhere.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 10:45 a.m. CST

    And about the band

    by Truxton Spangler

    music is highly subjective, but I don't see where the talk about the Roots being the best band in late night comes from.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Ricky Gervais is a good idea for any spot

    by Tony W

    Handler needs to be handed a pink slip. Ellen would be decent. The best option is to NOT change a thing on Fallon and just air the fucker an hour earlier. How fucking hard was that? Then have Ricky Gervais replace Letterman or Fallon's 1230 spot.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    @ sw0rdfish, I noticed that

    by jim

    Assumed he meant "when Jay Leno's contract expires in 2014". It's AICN, it's sometimes necessary to fill in the blanks. If this has you confused, stay far away from anything Harry writes. That's like trying to decipher a riddle written in code.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Leno needs to go away....

    by Dan

    I will give Leno props, he was good when he was Carson’s one night a week stand-in. Smart, smart-ass, flirty with the females, solid joke teller. Something happened when he took over in 1992 and now to this day, it’s THE SAME SHIT EVERY NIGHT. As a guy with a great sense of humor and a vast knowledge of television and stand-up comedy, Leno’s appeal is lost on me. I do not understand why anyone with a brain would go for anything he’s selling… I can't believe anyone finds him...anything... This guy is loaded, has more money than he could ever spend, yet he wastes his time doing this fucking worthless monologue that has become a parody of itself. It’s sad, but its also pathetic that he continues to piss on his own legacy. Had he left in 2009 and stayed gone, left Conan alone, (whose ratings were on the up-swing as he was being plotted against by the by) he would have been a tv legend. NOW, he’s hated by most, especially Kimmel who says it all the time. Letterman is only funny now when he makes fun of him. He really is a selfish prick as Howard Stern likes to say, he has all this time and money why not do shows for the troops overseas? Better yet, why not take his car knowledge, which was the only thing I liked about the guy, and go to A & E or Discovery Chanel and do a show about his garage, finding junkers and building hotrods? Why become an irrelevant twat before our very eyes? Look at the shitty collateral damage done by Leno’s return; Conan’s show on TBS is good, but not great and not as bold or as funny as his Tonight run. I chuckle, but he is missing the hearty laughs. He seems defeated and is merely honoring his contract at this point. It would be awesome IF he returned to NBC, the joke material would last the rest of his run if he did and he could have it as a clause in his contract that Jay Leno is not to be contacted in any way shape or form by NBC executives. Install a huge multi-million penalty clause or something… Leno is comedy Kryptonite at this point and needs to be kicked out the door. As for turning it over to Fallon- he won’t. It will take the network to force him out if he does. He won’t do it willing it, why should he? He didn’t do it the first time with Conan. NBC is such a wasteland, had they put Letterman in after Carson, none of this horseshit would have happened. Fallon- ugh. Not funny at all, desperate, safe and toothless. A younger version of Leno is all. Probably would have made a good sidekick for someone. He seems terribly stupid and misinformed on a lot of things….dim and predictable. As for Kimmel, he hates Leno so that’s points for me. He has no personality so that’s points off for me…. Craig Ferguson- CBS’s only saving grace at this point. Seems like a decent guy, can be very funny… Chelsea Handler! Seriously? Haha! Ugh… proves my theory that women are not funny enough (exceptions of course) to sustain a show like this or in stand-up for that matter.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Bill Hicks would be glad to see him go! (link)

    by obijuanmartinez

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ti73SgrLadU

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Fallon should take the deal...but...

    by DrFever

    ....have it written into the contract: -If Leno doesn't give up the show by date X, $25mill gets handed over to Jimmy, and a full years pay to all staff members (since you'd assume Jimmy's show would have a new host set up) -If NBC decides to remove Jimmy from The Tonight Show for ANY reason. Leno could NOT take the show back for a year and one years pay to staff.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    zodlovesmaude...

    by cerberus

    Leno isn't pissing on his legacy. If anyting, being called back to save the sinking ship from Conan only made it better. No matter how you feel about Leno, you have to face facts that this is the guy who beat Letterman in the ratings for almost twenty years, and will contnue to beat him until he leaves. And that "worthless monologue" is the main reason. Of course he took the job back. Do you know why? Because it is a dream job and he gets paid a ton of money to do it. It's called "Show Business" for a reason. And Howard Stern calling anyone a selfish prick is amusing. Howard is the man who sued xm radio after being given a 500 million contract.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Colbert is king

    by Larry_Sanders

    That's all I have to say. As long as he's around, I have something to watch in "late night".

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    This post makes me wonder how Coughlin's Laws is doing

    by mjgtexas

    Haven't heard anything about underground restaurant owners in the news.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 5:30 p.m. CST

    cerebus - don't defend such blandness...

    by Dan

    Wrong. Conan's ratings on the Tonight Show were picking up. Leno's ratings at the exact point in time in early 1993 were at the same, but they stuck it out until they improved. Actually it was not until 1995 when they landed at acceptable levels. Leno is a miserable a hack because all of his humor is found. He writes nothing original, he has nothing original to say, he's basically a comedic vulture picking off the remains of pop culture offering his own toothless, generic spin. Hitler was liked by millions of people too, doesn't make it right.... it just means most people will accept anything as long as its safe and inoffensive.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Just like O'Brien did

    by Bernie Margolis

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Hey... here's an idea...

    by KazamaSmokers

    Why not Chevy Chase? Can't miss!

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Even better... How about Pat Sajak?

    by Dan

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST

    The Tonight Show with John Stewart

    by thelordofhell

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Want to see some real turd television...

    by Dan

    youtube Sajak's awful show....ugh. Dull AS a silent fart!

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 12:38 a.m. CST

    ZODLOVESMAUDE.

    by cerberus

    Okay, they did stick it out with Leno. The reason why is because at the time NBC had no choice but to stick it out with Leno because they knew that they screwed the pooch and Dave was not coming back. Also keep in mind that the NBC of 1995 was a powerhouse. The NBC of today is barely a network. The NBC of 1995 had great shows acting as lead-ins to Leno's Tonight Show. Heck, having better lead-ins was the main thing Dave defenders brought up when Jay started beating Letterman, until the situation was reversed and Dave was the one with better lead-ins and was still losing to Jay. Conan didn't have that stuff. He had Jay Leno, but the network made sure to water Jay down so he wouldn't outshine Conan. They demanded that Jay put his most popular bits on at the end of the show when all the data told them that the first half is where you put your best stuff. They also said that Jay could only interview one guest a night. They also saddled him with a bunch of "comedy correspondents" who stunk. They even forbid Jay from having a desk. I kid you not, they thought that Jay having a desk would somehow hurt Conan. Conan had begun losing to Dave and Leno was still with the network and was a proven winner in that timeslot. Also Conan didn't have timeslot protection. Remember when I told you that "That is why it's called Show Business"? Here is an example. Jay Leno has what is called timeslot protection. What this means is that NBC must start his show at the same time every night. Pretty basic stuff right? Well guess what, Conan's people didn't have it in his contract when he took over The Tonight Show. This whole thing could have been prevented if Conan's peolpe would have gotten a simple little thing like timeslot protection. It is such a basic thing. So when you take all these things and add them up what is NBC supposed to do? Do you really think that Conan was going to be able to beat Letterman? Getting beat by Jay is one thing but do you really think Dave was going to let Conan beat him? Go back and watch the shows Dave did while Conan had The Tonight Show. You can feel the energy coming off of them, it was like Dave got a new lease on life. It was like Dave knew for the first time in years that he could win again. You think Leno is bland and inoffensive, but so was Carson, and America loved him. If we keep with the pattern that means that Fallon is giong to do quite well if he gets the job. Jimmy Fallon is an old person's idea of what a young person is like.

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    leno should pick up his huge chin and hit the road

    by Hugh Gustavus

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Arsenio.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST

    re: "Why not Chevy Chase? "

    by jim

    Well, he is available. Or, at least as available as he can be, what with his dedication to his craft doing the highest form of television - the Old Navy Commercial.

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST

    cerebus

    by Dan

    Yeah, yeah, I know all that... very well stated by the way.... Leno screwed Conan massively. When he gave those interviews wishing he was back on the Tonight Show.. the NBC morons being stupid and reactionary acted accordingly. Had Leno stuck to his word, stayed out of it, instead of doing his other piece of crap show- retired to other ventures and let Conan sink or swim on his own, he wouldn't be hated as much... He refused to leave with no grace, no honor or dignity... like spoiled brat unwilling to give up a toy. That's my real beef with the guy, let America have their soft-serve comedians, it's his snake-in-the-grass behavior, him planting the seeds in NBC's pin heads, wrapped around his fake 'nice guy' persona that makes me sick. It's not like he needed the money... but he will never turn loose unless it's by death or network design. Let the network executives be themselves, they will never make an honorable choice, but instead he acts just like them and then portrays to the media that its none of his doing...I call Bullshit! hell, he even caused Oprah to question his actions... You are correct, Conan's people were dopes. Timeslot gurantee is what they should have asked for. Should have asked for Leno to be moved at 12am instead of the TS. Carson hated Jay- he and Leno, there is a huge difference between being inoffensive, funny and classy and inoffensive and unfunny... Carson rules because he left and you never heard a peep out of him. He didn't give passive-agressive interviews wishing he was back on the air... Leno and his mediocrity is why he's so offensive, at least to people who know and appreciate what makes good television and a funny comedian. I think the stink from this ordeal has finally stuck and people are getting his number. A big 0. If Fallon wants the job, he'd better have protection against the knife that will land there by Leno...

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JON STEWART

    by Darth Busey

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 1:03 p.m. CST

    I can't believe nobody's commented

    by IForgotAbout19

    On how Bruce Willis and Timothy Olyphant are at a total stand-off!

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Also Ricky Gervais should take over for Fallon

    by IForgotAbout19

    Karl Pilkington should be his sidekick, Stephen Merchant should be his house-DJ and they shouldn't have guests.

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Arsenio is returning actually...

    by Dan

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I find every episode of Fallon pretty funny.

    by David Hinson

    Shows are like art, they are subjective. I dont like Conan at all but that doesnt I am confused when someone else does. Seems like lots of people like him cause his ratings are pretty solid. Hope he keeps the same youthful format as opposed to graying it up for the white hairs out there.

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Kimmel owns all of them.

    by Jason

    He banged Sarah Silverman.

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    zodlovesmaude-arsenio is back?

    by cerberus

    I'm glad to see him back. Is he going to be on Fox? I heard that Conan was going to go Fox when he left NBC. Fox had a clause that mandated that the station owners would have to air any late night show Fox aired. The problem is that Fox let the clause lapse, and the station owners had grown use to showing reruns of Family Guy and Seinfeld and didn't want the late night offering.

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    the only reason leno is still on tv...

    by emeraldboy

    is because that if he was a film star. by know he would be doing movies like parental guidance with billy crystal regarding billy crystal you know your not funny anymore when you end up starring in a family film with bette midler. what is kind of sad about parental guidance is that Marisa Tomei is in it. yep Marisa tomei.

  • I think Leno and Kristen Stewart should have a 'face off' where we use the latest technology and computer enhanced biological analysis to determine which of the two has the smaller face real estate utilized per cranial square foot. i'm thinking leno might win it but then again, stewart isn't doesn't have the extra weight so she has less natural 'face diminishers' than does leno. plus, she's kinda creepy looking if she's mobile (film, video) and that, unfortunately for her, tends to exacerbate the 'tiny face on a giant head' factor. as to late night...haven't watched in years but letterman on nbc was golden most every night and conan was better than everybody outside of letterman back in the nbc days before any of the tonight show bullshit went down. but then, leno was more traditional talk show whereas letterman circa nbc and conan were more variety...i just loved conan and all the memes and gags (robo-pimp, in the year 2000, max weinberg, need i even name triumph?, etc, etc).

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Fallon is very talented, but I still feel bad for Conan.

    by hst666

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 12:08 a.m. CST

    BURN IN HELL LENO

    by HASBEER_WILLCHEET

    BURN IN HELL WITH ALL YOUR CARS