NBC executives are reportedly considering replacing Jay Leno as host of "The Tonight Show" when Leno’s current contract expires in 2014, writes Don Kaplan in the New York Daily News, and the latest rumblings have them moving late-late-night host Jimmy Fallon into the job.
"Somewhere Conan O’Brien is probably smiling," Kaplan notes.
Network brass appear to be considering how to tap into the generational shift in late-night viewing, with ABC planning to court younger viewers when it moves Jimmy Kimmel to 11:35 p.m., switching places with "Nightline," the story notes. Late-night audiences have been getting younger for some time now, the report says.
Talent agents have been contacted by NBC executives, who are looking for a late-late host to take over Fallon’s 12:35 a.m. time period, according to the report.
"Of course, as these rumblings may prove, Jay could always be pushed — but he’s proven over the years that he’s harder to kill than Dracula," Kaplan adds.