Question by marnefirstinfantry: Will NBC let Jay Leno go and have Conan O’Brien take over the Tonight Show? And, ur thoughts on Jimmy Fallon..
LOS ANGELES –
Jimmy Kimmel can joke about how his late-night job might be affected when Jay Leno becomes a free agent – at least when his ABC boss and hundreds of reporters are around.
A comedy bit involving Kimmel and ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson drew laughs Wednesday from the Television Critics Association, but McPherson acknowledged ABC’s possible interest in Leno after he turns NBC’s “Tonight” over to Conan O’Brien in 2009.
“I can’t believe they’re (NBC) going to let this guy go at the top of his game,” McPherson said. “If that happens, we’ll look at it at the time and Jimmy will be involved in those discussions.”
NBC, hoping for a smooth transition at “Tonight,” put plans for Leno’s departure from “Tonight” in place in 2004 and have talked of finding another role for him at the network.
But with Leno still riding high in the ratings, networks and syndicators are poised to court him when he’s free to open contract talks.
Jimmy Fallon is set to fill O’Brien’s chair at NBC’s “Late Night.”
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Conan O’Brien will take over the “Tonight” show next June – and what happens to deposed host Jay Leno after that is anybody’s guess.
Leno’s last show will be Friday, May 29, and O’Brien will start the following Monday, June 1, NBC executives told a Television Critics Association meeting Monday.
Jimmy Fallon is poised to take over O’Brien’s “Late Night” in March or April of 2009, after honing his approach in brief Internet shows, Silverman and Graboff said.
Answer by tigerg33
i think Jimmy Fallon is a good guy and can do a good job with Late Night but I’m SUPER excited for Conan to take over the Tonight show. I love Conan, hes hilarious. I’m gonna miss Jay though.
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