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Comedian Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon To Host 'Late Night'

May 13, 2008 04:44 PM
by Sarah Amandolare
NBC announced that the “Saturday Night Live” alumnus will take over for Conan O’Brien beginning in 2009, when O’Brien moves to “The Tonight Show.”

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Fallon “is a handpicked talent, part of the NBC family already,” said NBC entertainment chief Ben Silverman. When asked how much he would be paid, Fallon cracked,  “I just want to live comfortably … in Dubai.”

The announcement came during this year’s upfronts, a period in late May when networks release prime-time schedules, preview new shows and meet with advertisers and the press. The Los Angeles Times called the announcement “anticlimactic,” as Fallon’s contract signing was already revealed last month.

In late April 2008, NBC announced that Fallon had signed on to be Conan O’Brien’s successor, sending O’Brien to “The Tonight Show,” currently hosted by Jay Leno.

Leno is reportedly unhappy
about relinquishing his “Tonight Show” hosting duties, but NBC wants to keep him, perhaps as a host of prime-time specials. Insiders speculate that Leno could go to Fox, ABC or Sony Pictures Television.

According to Entertainment Weekly, one network executive said of Leno, “The guy is an ATM machine … Everybody’s going to go after Jay.”

Other former “Saturday Night Live” cast members have moved on to have successful television careers. Tina Fey is thriving as producer and star of the Emmy-winning NBC sitcom “30 Rock.” And Kevin Nealon now stars in the HBO series “Weeds.”

Headline Links: NBC makes Fallon official

Background: What about Leno?

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