One producer is out and another is in talks to become the showrunner on NBC’s “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon,” Deadline reports.
“Producer Mike DiCenzo is leaving NBC’s late-night program,” Nellie Andreeva reports in the Deadline piece. “He just confirmed his departure on Twitter. I hear former ‘Today’ executive producer Jim Bell is in talks to come in as new ‘Tonight Show’ showrunner.”
Andreeva adds: “DiCenzo was part of a producing team of three ‘The Tonight Show’/’Late Night’ Jimmy Fallon veterans who were elevated to lead the show in 2016 following the departure of producer-showrunner Josh Lieb.
“DiCenzo and Gerard Bradford, who penned ‘Slow Jam The News Featuring President Obama’ among other signature ‘Tonight Show’ bits, assumed oversight of the show creative, while [Katie] Hockmeyer assumed oversight of production. All three had been with Fallon since before the 2009 launch of ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,’ transitioning with him to ‘The Tonight Show.’ I hear that Bradford and Hockmeyer, both valued members of Fallon’s team, are expected to stay on.”