• Tue, Dec 18 2012

NBC Replacing Jay Leno With Jimmy Fallon Is The Best Idea I’ve Heard All Day

Jimmy Fallon replacing Jay Leno on the Tonight Show Jimmy Kimmel David LettermanNBC. Please do this. Please please please do this thing you are rumored to maybe be thinking about possibly doing. According to accursed unnamed talent agents who are of course remaining anonymous, NBC has been quietly approaching them to find a new host for Jimmy Fallon‘s time slot at 12:35am, currently filled by his show Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Well why would that be? Jimmy is performing well with viewers, particularly those in the ever-precious 18-49 category, and watchers of the late shows in general have been skewing younger in recent years…oh my god. Oh my god are we gonna fire Jay Leno and give The Tonight Show to Jimmy Fallon?

Here’s why that theory makes sense. For one thing, Jay Leno’s contract is up in 2014, so it could be a seamless transition. For another, ABC is already making the move to put their Jimmy, Jimmy Kimmel, in the earlier slot, pushing his Jimmy Kimmel Live to 11:35pm, ahead of Dateline. And furthermore, David Letterman‘s contract for The Late Show expires in 2014 as well, so both of those guys could step down at the same time. Apparently there’s kind of an unspoken rule that Jay won’t surrender his time slot before Dave surrenders his, so this would be a great excuse for them both to retire and make some room for the guys who are twenty years younger. I would be obsessed with that, and the network probably would be too, as they’re currently paying Jay $15 million a year, which is still only half of his original paycheck. He took the pay cut to help slash the NBC budget, and also hopefully because he felt guilty for completely dicking over Conan O’Brien, but probably not.

Personally, I would be all about this. I’ve disliked Jay ever since he refused to believe Bigfoot was real in Harry and the Hendersons. Imagine the glory if in one fell swoop we could rid television of the most annoying rich guy on the late night circuit, reward the ever-adorable Jimmy Fallon, and bring sweet vengeance to Conan and Harry! Revenge has never tasted so…much like a chin.

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  • http://twitter.com/SoDef_Jess Jessica Pires

    I might be the only person out there who doesn’t mind Jay Leno. I actually think Letterman is exponentially douchier and a total dick haha. BUT nothing exceeds my love for Jimmy Fallon- I’ve had a crush on him since I was 11.

  • dsc22

    all I’m wondering is if Fallon was to take Leno’s spot, would the things from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that include the many games played on the show by Fallon and the guests and #latenighthashtags etc. things like those, that are unique to Fallon’s show. Honestly I’d prefer it that the entire “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” show switched time slots with “The Tonight Show” and gave whoever Fallon’s replacement is The Tonight Show. Because in my opinion Late Night is built around Fallon’s humor and The Tonight Show is centered around Leno’s personality and humor – which isn’t quite the same as Fallon’s – Fallon is more of the “New Funny” and Leno is more of an “Old Funny” or “Outdated Funny” and if Letterman does step down along with Leno, I say it might be interesting to see what Conan can do with Late Show. It’d be a much needed refresh of hosts that are all much younger than the current hosts (Fallon, Kimmel, and Conan) though Conan is debatable because he has fairly little talent compared to Fallon & Kimmel and isnt as Funny as them for sure. But by far I’d say Fallon is the most talented and funny of them all. Though some may debate that. That is my belief is all I’m saying and would love to see all of the above put into action.

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