Jimmy Fallon has been visiting local affiliates in the run-up to his Tonight Show takeover in February, and at a recent stop in Florida, some of his recollection about the origins of the transition seems a bit off. He's quoted as saying:
“As soon as I got Late Night, I called Jay and said, ‘I want to let you know I want to start on the right foot. I respect you.’ I’ve been a guest on the show numerous times. I said, ‘I’m not gunning for your job. I’m not trying to plot anything. Whenever you’re ready to step down, let me know. But I’m happy at 12:30.’”
But as [...]
NBC announced yesterday evening that they've renewed their 1:35am talk show Last Call with Carson Daly for another season. The news comes just a day after The New York Times reported that Alec Baldwin is in talks with the network to host his own late night show, which was expected to take over Carson Daly's late, late slot. Daly, who's a big asset to NBC as host of its #1 show The Voice, has been hosting Last Call since 2002. The renewal will mark a 13th season for the series, carrying it through 2014. In 2009, due to budgetary reasons, Last Call was transitioned from a traditional late [...]
Following months of anonymous reports from various new sources that Jimmy Fallon would be taking over for Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show next year, NBC today has finally confirmed that it's happening. The NY Times reports that the network will install Fallon as Tonight Show host at the end of the network's coverage of the Winter Olympics in February of next year from Sochi, Russia. Under Fallon, The Tonight Show will move to New York City, where NBC has constructed a new state-of-the-art studio in 30 Rockefeller Center for the host.
The Times reports that Leno's departure is amicable, unlike when he handed the show off [...]
After hoisting a ton of zingers in NBC's direction last week following the network's decision to replace him with Jimmy Fallon next year, Jay Leno spent Monday and Tuesday night's shows this week laying off his network and not mentioning them, despite having plenty of opportunities to squeeze in potshots. But on last night's show, Leno returned to making jokes about NBC, even though these jokes are offending his boss for some reason. Here's what Leno said about his longtime network in last night's monologue:
"Folks, listen to this. Monday night, the primetime shows The Voice and Revolution moved NBC to the number two position. [...]
Despite reports that NBC is pushing Jay Leno out the door so that Jimmy Fallon can start hosting The Tonight Show next year, Leno is still the #1-rated hosted in late night. So, naturally, he'll be in high-demand if NBC does go through with the Fallon succession plan (which the network has yet to confirm). So, what are Leno's options if he does actually have to leave The Tonight Show behind?
Fox (along with ABC) previously courted Leno the last time he was leaving The Tonight Show in 2009, and the network briefly went after Conan O'Brien when he left Tonight the following year. Unlike competitors NBC, CBS, and [...]