Last weekend news broke that Jimmy Fallon would replace Jay Leno in 2014 as host of The Tonight Show and that NBC would make the announcement as early as May. Although the network denied the story in the Hollywood Reporter, who cited “two high-level industry insiders” and Leno’s camp refused to comment, the piece explained that NBC was fearful that with Jimmy Kimmel’s increasing popularity (especially with young people) and with Jimmy Kimmel Live’s new time slot at ABC – it goes head-to-head with Leno – the current Tonight Show would never retain its high viewership. Enter: Fallon, whose Late Night show is a hit with a much younger, Internet-savvy audience.
Well, today the plot thickened ever so slightly, as a new report surfaced, claiming NBC is already in the process of prepping Howard Stern, longtime radio host and current judge on America’s Got Talent, to take over Fallon’s future-former slot at 12:35 am. New York Post television critic Lisa Stasi, writes, “sources close to the radio man,” say part of Stern’s “grooming” for network television is his run on AGT.
“Sure, Stern loves the judging gig on America’s Got Talent, but even Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne could take just so much of extreme cyclists and dog acts,” she writes. “I never figured it was really about that for Stern — it was about creating a Howard that was palatable for TV.”
What do you, dear Laughspinners, think? Is Stern a good choice to replace Fallon?