NBC’s “Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” has had a big change behind the scenes, with producer and showrunner Josh Lieb exiting the program to move to a writing deal with Universal Television, Deadline.com reports.
“There will not be a direct replacement for Lieb,” the story reports. “Instead, the roles of three people, who had been with Fallon since the 2009 launch of his first NBC late-night show, are being expanded. Katie Hockmeyer will assume oversight of production, while writers Gerard Bradford and Mike DiCenzo, who have penned ‘Slow Jam The News featuring President Obama’ among other ‘Tonight Show’ signature skits, will assume oversight of the show creative.”
Lieb has been with the show since shortly before its launch almost three years ago.
Said Fallon: “Josh has been a tremendous asset and has played a key role in helping us successfully launch ‘The Tonight Show.’ We will miss him and wish him all the best with this great new opportunity. We are excited to have a great trio to fill his shoes. Katie, Mike, and Gerard, who have been with me since ‘Late Night,’ will be expanding their roles, and they and the rest of the team will help us continue to have fun and success.”