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.