Jimmy Fallon purportedly taking over 'Tonight' show for Jay Leno
As Jay Leno makes jokes about appraisals-challenged NBC in his "Tonight" talks, theory is swirling the system is taking steps to swap the host with Jimmy Fallon afterward year and move the syndicated program from California to New York.
NBC affirmed Wednesday its making another studio for Fallon in New York, where he has "Late Night." But the system did not remark on a report that the studio may end up being home to a transplanted, Fallon-had "Tonight."
The New York Times reported the arrangement Wednesday, refering to unidentified system executives. The Hollywood Reporter had a March 1 report in the ballpark of a Fallon-Leno switch, which the system denied.
Approaching over NBC is its chaotic, missed the mark deliberation to trade Leno with Conan O'Brien, which finished in 2010 with Leno recapturing "Tonight" and NBC losing O'Brien --who got a $45 million passageway bargain --to TBS.
Leno's current "Tonight" contract lapses in September of 2014.
That happened under a diverse administration, before NBCUniversal was taken over by Comcast Corp., which has a notoriety for control. While NBC dithered and backtracked on its "Tonight" succession plan including O'Brien, Comcast is prone to be more definitive.
The 38-year-old Fallon reached Leno in a venture to help smooth the potential switch, consistent with a Hollywood Reporter story Wednesday.
The 62-year-old Leno, who took over "Tonight" from Johnny Carson in 1992, did not react Wednesday to an appeal for remark. In any case he may be making the most of different courses to convey --the "Tonight" stage and its gathering of people of millions.
Even though late-night hosts are known for making fun of their system chiefs on-air, the timing of Leno's last pokes at NBC appeared to be to make the system absolutely uncomfortable. They supposedly requested that him stop; he hasn't.
"You know the entire legend of St. Patrick, correct? St. Patrick drove each of the the snakes out of Ireland --then afterward they went to the United States and came to be NBC executives," Leno clowned on Monday's show.
In the April issue of GQ magazine, "Late Night" maker Lorne Michaels ("Saturday Night Live") stated a move to Fallon had "an inescapability to it," including that he was the closest to Carson that I've viewed of this era."