Shakeup Behind the Cameras on NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’

Oct 22, 2018  •  Post A Comment

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.”


  1. Jim Bell is football guy turned Today Show guy who oversaw that show as it unraveled. He doesn’t know comedy and is the last guy I’d want running the Tonight Show.

  2. Will this change the focus to be more political?

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