Apparently, Jay Leno has given his blessing to NBC so that Jimmy Fallon will be the next host of The Tonight Show. Just one month ago the rumors started, and last night, The Hollywood Reporter cited a source who claimed Fallon has just closed a new deal with the network that basically guarantees he’s Leno’s replacement.
When exactly Fallon takes over is still in flux. Also, NBC intends to delay any official announcement until Fallon’s replacement has been signed, but an insider indicated (quote) “It will be Seth Meyers unless something goes awry in the deal-making.”
- SNL honcho Lorne Michaels has his fingerprints all over these deals. He's looking for the change-over to occur next summer.
- NBC execs have suggested that the 2014 Winter Olympics platform is the ideal time for the changing-of-the-guard at The Tonight Show.
- Jay Leno has a contract through September 2014. He would have to give his stamp of approval on any early switch.
- Seth Meyers, like Jimmy Fallon, gained fame on Saturday Night Live.