Have you heard? Jimmy Fallon could be on tap to replace Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show!
You heard right, Late Night Fanatics. The New York Daily News quotes insiders who say Fallon — who currently hosts NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon — is a frontrunner to replace the biggest chin in showbiz once Leno’s contract with the network expires in 2014.
The last time NBC tried to get the 62-old comedian to relinquish his seat, the Peacock’s primetime network saw a shakeup and Conan O’Brien found himself out of a job (albeit temporarily). As The Daily News sums it up:
“…Jay could always be pushed â€” but he’s proven over the years that he’s harder to kill than Dracula. Take the September 2009 fiasco when then-NBC chief Jeff Zucker carved out a 10 p.m. time slot for The Jay Leno Show because Jay reportedly insisted that he didn’t want to leave the network. Up until that moment, there had been a long-planned transition in the works for Leno to step down from Tonight and pass the torch to O’Brien. But Jay didn’t go away…”
Would you like to see Jimmy Fallon succeed Jay Leno as The Tonight Show host?