It seems everyone but Jimmy Fallon is wondering when the comedian will get a shot at hosting "The Tonight Show."
The rumors about Fallon replacing Jay Leno on the NBC program, which the network's declined to comment on, have been heavy recently. The New York Times' Bill Carter reported Wednesday that the network has made a commitment to Fallon in regards to him succeeding Leno, and Carter reiterated as much while speaking with CNN's Jake Tapper.
"The idea that Jimmy was getting the show was kind of out there, because Jay's got one contract that he's working on, and he's 62, so there was an expectation that he would be leaving soon, if not this contract, then maybe another year," Carter said. "So Jimmy getting the show was kind of expected."
There's isn't a deal in place, Carter said - it's more like an understanding, which he's sure Leno knows about. Carter earlier reported that the expectation is for the change to happen by the fall of 2014, at the latest, and that "The Tonight Show" will move from California back to New York.
"There's a lot of reasons for it - I think they all feel that the energy of New York helps Fallon," Carter said. "But also you have Lorne Michaels, who's the producer of the show, and has always been close to Jimmy and he's of course New York-based. And then you have the band, The Roots, and The Roots are a Philadelphia-based band, and some of the guys I think still commute to New York, and they're very important to that show and I don't think they wanted to lose them."
There isn't a set timetable for the move to happen, however, and for the time being, it sounds like Fallon is playing it cool. As he said in a new interview with GQ, he's not really thinking about the chances that he'll host "Tonight."
“I mean, in the nicest way, who really cares," Fallon said. "In the nicest way. It would be great, sure, I guess. I’d love it, but it’s not on my mind. I’m in no rush to do anything. I’m kind of a boring character in that book. I’m not in a fight with Jay or Conan, or any of them. I don’t have that story.”
According to "Late Night" producer Michaels, though, Fallon on "The Tonight Show" is less of an "if" as much as it is a "when."
“I’m not allowed to say it - yet," he told GQ. "But I think there’s an inevitability to it. He’s the closest to Carson that I’ve seen of this generation.”
Mr. Fallon–I wish you luck if/when you get the position. I'm sure you'll rise to the occasion! I happen to think you're
very talented. If everyone is Sooo upset about this, Ask Mr. M. for a write-in/vote-in. The person with the most points gets a try for "x" number of months and so on. Thats one way of trying to settle.
JF can be funny but he's not very clever or quick of wit like Carson was, in fact at times he seems naive and ill informed, but by today's left of center party line standards he's a comic genus
Stop F-in comparing him to Johnny Carson. Comparing any late night host to Carson is idiotic.
WHAT A JOKE.
Lorne Michaels is crazy! The only thing funny about Fallon show is when he has skits. Otherwise he is a boor!
Never understood why he got that job he is boring and not funny, too many good comedians out there, what a waste.
1. no phone calls were made
2. evidence i do not tweet
3. back too the old sad drawing board.
4. see you at the movies.
never met a katherine - your specialist at cnn is not that good at it....
Sure. Why not? Leno practically ruined the tonight show. Why not let another failure take over and finish the job?
i totally agree with you.....
Uh, the Tonight Show has been #1 in the ratings for almost ALL of the 20+ years he been hosting it. So you really sound like a moron. I'm not a fan of Leno's or the show, but let's not make ridiculous comments.
now go find something too do.....
The Tonight Show is produced and made in Los Angeles for a reason. The movie stars are working nearby. Moving the Tonight Show to New York would be terrible. Leave Jimmy Fallon and his "good buddy" Lorne Michaels in NYC. Find another real comedian and entertainer to fill Leno's shoes!
she lost again.
i have nothing too do with twitter...i never tweet...
All Jimmy Fallon does is satire and impressions. Get someone new! Do the work.
Most of Jimmy Fallon's stuff is so juvenile and slap stick and high schoolish. Find a real comedian with out the SNL BS.
Fallon is a creative comedian and does a lot of funny skits and games, etc. But to be fair, he's simply not a very good interviewer. He's not bad, but he's not great either. I would describe him as good. And good is just not good enough to take over the Tonight Show. But I don't think it's fair to set Carson as the bar because that's nearly impossible to reach. Do you think NBC knew that Carson would become CARSON when they hired him? Nope. No can ever know that they're hiring a legend for a position like that. You have to cross your fingers and give it a few years to know what you really have.
Sarah Palin is a filthy, trailer trash piece of sh!t.
so is gaga..... drinks!!! hahahahahaha
Does it seem like stupidity always prevail in US..................
betty white is perfect.
Babs, are you drinking? Lmao.
Apparently, Babs thinks that the last name of the new host has to end in R-E-L-L. Hahahahaha.
Bring on Betty White!!! Wait, she's probably too busy with her other shows.
Bob Newhart or Bill Cosby would be fun to see guest hosting.
If you're looking for someone younger to host, perhaps try Tina Fey or Amy Peohler?
Jay Leno is the best. I hope he remains the host of the Tonight Show for a long time.
we don't care because your not suppose too be there -
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Just remember kids, Conan was promised the same damn thing, and Jimmy should take it with a grain of salt, because at the first sight of trouble, they'll bring Jay back again, without fail, and Jimmy will be out on his ass with the Roots to boot.
most of my work is through the night...my work is primarily international...you didn't tell him that right...what you overheard from mom is because i told her not too make a big deal yet until contracts are signed.....do you not understand???
most of my work is through the night...my work is primarily international...you didn't tell him that right?
This should have been Conan's.
Jimmy Fallon is one of the greatest! If he takes over the Leno show more people will start watching...including me. He makes me laugh before saying a word!
she made herself known by her own doing.....you have nothing because you fed into everything that was done...
do you not understand what we did...
to make you work for 7 months and it worked....you need to stop trying too destroy a person you never destroyed....
Forget Fallon. Joan Rivers was the 1st pick before she Pi$$ed Carson off. Give it to her; she deservse it. If moving the Tonight Show back to NY is going to end up as lame and tired as Satruday Night Live. That show hasn't been funny in 25+ years
It is one thing to replace Leno if his ratings are down but his rating are great. What NBC is doing is telling his current audience that they are not important. Its a different demographic that they want and current Jay Leno watchers can go to hell. Well ok we will go to hell. Bye NBC. May your ratings suck even more. Karma will find a way
I think Leno wants to retire. He has made millions on this gig, so he can stay home and play with his cars. I also wonder if his failure in prime time might make him want to just walk away. I doubt the network really wants to get rid of him, but if he is going anyway, you might as well make adjustments.
she's going too goldman so there is no failure-what you overheard in the car was...
a. it was time for us too go
b. we have another offer
c. we have another offer to remain
you didn't tell him that part....we figured....
Like the move and think the move to NYC is great. Why Carson ever chose to relocate to drab Burbank is beyond me.
For those who say Fallon is bland, so was Carson – Nebraska bland – a nerdy magician. But he was brilliant. People get tired of edgy after a while. Look at the guest list for Fallon – for such a time slot. Justin Timberlake was on for an entire week. Who would do that for any other host? And Jimmy has musical talent. No other host can relate to musical guests like him. I think he will succeed.
Anybody at that time slot than that "tool" Letterman; all do respects to the device NOT the man.
Wow, Fallon must be a real aszh0le.
Jimmy Fallon is as funny as a heart attack. Stern is a sleaze ball and has no business being on the air. How about a new face somewhere out there???????? Why always pick the losers?
Yeah Fallon is not funny at all. He does good impressions though. But Leno is in a different class IMO.
It is Stern TIME! Come on.....please...Stern RULES!
PS Fallon is cool....Leno is holding us back! Dude is a D bag
Why do ANY of these talk show hosts make so much money just for talking????
I can't believe how many Fallon haters are on here. In my humble opinion, he's the only late night talk show worth watching any more. His bits are well-crafted, but do make a lot of 80s and 90s references. If you remember Carson on the air, you probably were too old to get on that 80s/90s pop culture bandwagon.
His charisma is unparalleled, he has a much greater optimism toward the world than everyone else's perennial favorite, Letterman. He will be the next late-night legend.
As far as someone accusing Fallon of infidelity, what are your sources?
On the bright side, when he gets kicked off after Leno has another Old Man breakdown and takes his show back, we get to go see JImmy do a live show ala Conan!
Fallon is just awful.
I hate THEM BOTH!!!
was it real or was it imagination....
Dont do it Jimmy, its a trick. Leno is a snake and you will only get screwed. Am i the only one who remembers the Conan fiasco?
"He’s the closest to Carson that I’ve seen of this generation." There is no Carson or closest to Carson. And that is not a knock against any late night host. It's a simple fact that TV production, expectations and performance is what it is now. The days of Johnny Carson are gone, and that's ok. No late night show will ever be that kind of event, and no one should have the pressure of trying to be "the closest to Carson that I’ve seen of this generation".
Jay Leno is the funniest man on tv, I will miss him when he leaves
Leno's delivery is tired and his political leanings are getting old. Time for some new talent.
I don't think Jimmy Fallon is funny at all. When his talk show first came out I watched him a few times and he seemed wooden and bland. I haven't watched him in a long while and when I realized his show was still on I figured maybe he had improved. By the comments I read on this forum it doesn't seem like he has improved.
Johnny Carson is spinning in his grave over the crap that followed him.. Jay Leno is funny to one man- himself. And Jimmy Fallon is a talentless dweeb. NBC- stands for Not Broadcasting Correctly – should not only cancel The Tonight Show- they should cancel their entire network and fade to black.
@ JS, since you have such a keen take on this, tell us your background in the industry and why haven't you applied for the position you seem to have first hand knowledge of......
I agree. Leno is no Johnny Carson and his style is old and boring. Time for some new blood. Not sure Jimmy is the one for the job though.
You agree that Leno is no Carson??? Well, duh! Leno's not even Pat Sajak, Chevy Chase or Alan Thicke. Remember their late night shows? Don't worry, most other people don't either. ;)
HOWARD STERN SHOULD REPLACE LENO!
Not now and not ever. Are you insane????
Don't ever believe the pranks of blogging - it could be a fake.
YOU GET WHAT YOU GET....
I have watched Jimmy Fallon's show, and he is not funny at all. I liked him on SNL, but many times I have told myself to watch his show again, and when I do I am always disappointed. Maybe with better writers he would make a good hosts, but right now he would kill the show.
no they are not...so then move along..dearie
Fallon's a good choice considering the shallow pool of availible talent. I prefer Jimmy Kimmel though. As some have pointed out, Fallon is a little sef-serving and his ego doesn't match his talent.
jimmy fallon show sucks and shouldn't be considered as host of the tonight show. all he does is laugh all the time and slaps the desk. he is very unfunny, and his bits are horrible.
Leno is a weasel and he needs to go. He stole The tonight show back from Conan, and he's not funny at all. Leno is a terrbile person and needs to get the boot.
Pure BS. Conan sucked – NBC got rid of him. Change your diapers – you will feel much better!
Leno stole the show back from Conan?? What the F?? I don't like Leno, but that's a bunch of bull shiwawa. Leno VOLUNTARILY agreed to move to the 10 p.m. slot – five years ahead of time! – so that Conan could have the Tonight Show. Then, it was NBC, NOT LENO, who told Conan he was being moved to midnight and told Leno he would move back to 11:35 for a half hour show. Leno had NOTHING to do with those decisions... he just went along for the ride because he's been a loyal soldiers for over 20 years to NBC. Again, I'm not a fan of his or the show's, this nonsense about Leno ruining Conan is ridicuous. Conan QUIT because he didn't want to move to midnight like NBC told him he would. Period.
Too wordy...and I dont care about him – good day eh
1) Jay Leno ALWAYS wins his time slot. So, no one should be in a rush to replace him until he chooses to go.
If you don't like him..don't watch him. Apparently, he doesn't need you anyway.
2) Fallon can be entertaining, but he's getting pretty full of himself. And, his songs/routines are making him a lil bit like a one trick pony. Plus, he's everywhere...TOO much exposure never works out well for celebs over the long run.
3) The reason the shows are taped in LA is because stars are more readily available there. Letterman is already here getting limited # of stars in NY. If they taped both shows here they would be splitting the limited guests. Now, when a star is in NY they are on every NY show and say the same thing over and over. No need to tune in at night when we've seen them on Kelly & Michael, Rachel Ray, Today Show and/or GMA.
4) Leno appeals to all people. He may knock Repubs but he also knocks Obama and Libs. He's not constantly so far to left that he turns everyone else off.
“No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have searched the record for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.”
― H.L. Mencken
Hahaha I can't stand Falcon and that guy who compared him to Carson.. L m a o
Jimmy is tops i tell you its gonna be a really big show! a really big shoe!
Love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jimmy Fallon....I'll watch his show no matter what time it's on.
BECAUSE I WILL NEVER BE A WOMAN LIKE YOU....
the shows all stay as is....
the shows remain at this leve for now.
I didn't it all the same –
Ratings need some spark.
I don't watch talk shows. Occasionally, Letterman's dialogue. But if they are going to change, then make the change. They defeat themselves with the announcement year(s) before the change occurs. You get sick of hearing about it before it ever takes place.
not clean ...1 second was enuff...thanks
Fallon is not funny. I won't be watching NBC if and when Leno leaves.
Jay who? When does he get his own AM radio...
I didn't think anyone could be less funny than Leno until Jimmy Fallon's show came along. Actually it's more like a tie, but if you think Conan's ratings were bad at 11:35 just wait until they put Fallon in that slot.
Fallon is as big of a Republican raghead as Leno.People won't even watch his commercials unless the little red haired girl gets the lead.
They are both unabashed liberals. Not sure what you've been watching
There isn't a night while watching Jimmy Fallon that at some point I am laughing out loud! HE IS A NATURAL funny man!! I really, really want to see him take over The Tonight Show. He's my only choice!
G, I am quite sure you are too young to know this, but the Tonight Show has been dead ever since Johnny Carson left it!
NBC is going to ruin Jimmy Fallon's career just like they did with Conan O'Brien.
The network doesn't ruin a host, the host and his sub par material does that to themself. If a host is that good, he/she could be on at 4am and have an audience.
@ g SPOT ON
Jimmy fallon sucks. He sucked on snl he sucks as a host. He is a joke. He would kill the tonight show
Why does Leno always win his time slot? Because he's the BEST! He's better than Letterman. He's better than that Kimmel joke. He's better than Conan (obviously). And he's better than Fallon. If thet dump Jay for Fallon, the show will tank again like it did with Conan. They will beg Jay to come back again, and he'll give them the big bird.
i want too see the rich black girls house....
i'd like to have coffee at her mansion sometime
Couldn't be any worse than Jay Leno.
What was CNN thinking with that Jake Tapper hire? Must have been the same guy that hired Lou Dobbs.
Leno wins the time slot consistently in ALL age groups .............. MORON. dont think he really cares about a slime like you!
Oh boy...here we go....bashing another CNN guy. When does it end....God, sometimes I hate these message boards.
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i don't find him appealing any longer.
worst host of the century...fallon needs too be terminated
fallon is so loyal..
too bad he doesn't show any of that loyalty to his own wife. he's been cheating on her for years, and blames her for their infertility troubles. that super-nice act of his is just that–an act.
go for it baby..
fallon is a blessing
and you arnie ................ are a phag............ so what?
Johnny Carson he aint! He's not even close to being in Johnny's league.
I think Jimmy Fallon is really funny, and has a pretty decent voice, too. But you are right, he will never be another Johnny Carson. They broke the mold when Johnny died.
Fallon can be funny. Not as funny Carson though. They indeed broke the mold with him.
Full circle. The Tonight Show back to New York.
Leno could and should be put out to pasture... Jimmy Fallon rocks.. DO IT>>>>>>>
u mean Letterman.
and it goes too apple
Jimmy your tops
What about Jimmy's tops. You like his shirts? Oh wait, you mean to say "you're tops"
jimmy fallon should absolutely host the tonight show. i would love to go to bed with him an hour earlier every night. ;)
yes jimmy we love you and your the best.
agreed....fallon is a good friend to tv...thank you jimmy thank you for all your tapings to our number 1 fan
AUGHHH! Jimmy Fallon I love him in SNL but is a host not ! I don't watch his show I try many times but is soo different ,he should back to SNL for hosting ? I don't have been not watching his show for a little while ! and I not miss it!
don't say that...you will never get loyalty like you will get from jimmy...believe me.
jimmy fallon was so informative in these last 7 months it was amazing i rate this show the best in late night
he's the most honest host on tv and very informative when you need him..
the sooner, the better. get that unfunny jerk Leno off the airwaves!
awwwwwwwwwwww shaddup............. meathead
Most of these hosts are not mature but Jimmy always pulls through for me on TV
one cannot express why jimmy's ratings remain up even in new jersey...he is the most loyal host on tv and the fans will never ever forget that...
is one of the greatest hosts and friends in JN...i hope he's on forever...
There is no better friend then jimmy fallon...
is my all time favorite...he is so loyal too his fans.
Sorry Al, that would be me.
You ARE a dump!!!
Sounds like you are the butt hole, many times over.
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