NBC is ready to pull the plug on late night’s favorite Irishman. Word on the blogosphere claims NBC is ready to quit Conan as the wise-cracking ginger continues to struggle to revive ratings for the network’s fleeting Tonight Show.
NBC execs commissioned the passing of the guard on Tonight last June, moving former Tonight Show host Jay Leno to primetime after 17 years and placing Conan in the coveted hosting chair on The Peacock’s flagship late night show. Apparently, that wasn’t a very smart move. Conan’s ratings have steadily slipped since the takeover and NBC has reportedly started the search for a replacement. Industry spies tell Popeater’s Naughty or Nice Column that network executives have begun informal talks to find a new funnyman for the timeslot — and former sitcom star Jerry Seinfeld is tops on their list.
“NBC just can’t carry on like this. ‘The Tonight Show’ has lost 52 percent of its viewership in just one year. The November ratings will be the show’s lowest in 15 years. They would be idiots to not be having the replacement conversation,” a informant told the site.
Insiders say the one man on everyone’s wish list is Jerry Seinfeld. Jerry had a hit show on NBC for nine years, before bidding farewell in 1998.