There is even more late night news to cover tonight, specifically that pertaining to the responses from Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon respectively. Apparently, NBC does not really care if you tune in tonight to see what they have to say because they released the monologue jokes to give us some sort of idea of just how congenial Jay plans on being about this whole thing. Perhaps there is more, but it is doubtful Leno would want to devote a lot of time on his show to that. The take away here is that Fallon has confirmed a February swap. NBC only specified Spring 2014 in their release. Continue Reading
Luckily, you do not have to wait until 11:30 to get David Letterman’s response to The Tonight Show change-up. CBS has released a preview for tonight’s broadcast, featuring a sizable portion of his musings on the matter. As Dave points out, NBC announced earlier today that Jay Leno would be departing his late night talk show after 22 years. That is not exactly true though as the statement merely has a target of Spring 2014 although sources tell Variety that the shift could happen the first week of March at the latest. Continue Reading
It is official. Jay Leno is gone from The Tonight Show starting in Spring 2014. At long last, a network announcement has been made, adding that the show will move to New York and the Late Night succession plans are still being hammered out. It has been long rumored that Seth Meyers would be taking the reins of the 12:35 am time slot with news just yesterday saying things are entering the deal-making phase for that to happen. The broadcaster reportedly wanted to get their Tonight Show plans set in stone before striking a contract with Saturday Night Live’s head writer. Sources confirm that Fallon wrapped his new deal just yesterday. Continue Reading
It looks the network is finally preparing to announce something, or at least manipulate certain current events to their advantage, as tonight Jay Leno will finally speak with Jimmy Fallon. This looks to be a comedy bit first and foremost, and considering it will land on April Fools’ Day, it very much could be nothing at all. Nonetheless, it is getting some attention thus the honorable mention. Check for an update with the full segment tomorrow morning. [Update: The pair sang their way to zero answers. Enjoy.] Continue Reading
Because this site deals with a lot of late night talk show clips, there is a highly credible news story today that we simply cannot ignore despite its unofficial nature. After a month of rumors, sources at NBC have confirmed that The Tonight Show will undergo its second hosting change inside of a decade as Jay Leno will be forced to hand over the reins to Jimmy Fallon.
Of course, this is ridiculous in the lens of what happened to Conan O’Brien a few years ago, but keep in mind that The Tonight Show’s budget under Leno at the moment is a bloated $80 million per year ($15 million of which is Leno’s salary.) Even if ratings dip to the levels that landed O’Brien off the network, it would be a win for NBC as he can produce a much cheaper show by comparison.
Let’s get our facts straight though. This is absolutely unofficial, but the trade publications who are right 99.9% of the time about this sort of thing all have their own sources confirming that this will happen and the plan is so specific right now that they are planning on moving the broadcast to New York. The only hang up at this time is when to do it as it will assuredly happen in the first half of 2014. Whether it comes in February or May, the network is yet to decide.
On a side note, THR is reporting that Fallon is reaching out to Leno because, “He was told it would be seamless and [NBC] would take care of it. He didn’t expect this.” He wants everything to be a smooth transition, but the way its unfolding this could be incredibly messy for both parties.
The Help actress Viola Davis took to The Tonight Show last night to promote her new movie Won’t Back Down. The picture being hocked is one from Beastly director Daniel Barnz that pairs the Academy Award-nominee with Maggie Gyllenhaal. Their respective characters will team to help transform their kids’ failing inner city school. Continue Reading
The Expendables sequel promotion is ramping up as Sylvester Stallone took to The Tonight Show last night to promote the movie. In addition to schooling Hollywood on the powers of ‘bigger billings,’ the actor also enlightened the world on some potential Arnold Schwarzenegger pairings he could have had when the two were in their prime.
Apparently, the only reason the duo never got together before was because of an excess of bad ideas. One idea was to have the two play detectives who dress in drag to get into a Girl’s Club of sorts. Good call, Sly. Maybe nixing this idea was as beneficial to Hollywood’s future as the actor’s contributions through Rocky. Continue Reading
Yesterday featured the first Dark Knight Rises promotional appearance of the summer for Morgan Freeman. The actor took to The Tonight Show where he reminisced about his film catalogue and hesitantly stated that his least favorite film was Bonfire of the Vanities. No worries. I am sure Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis feel the same way. Okay, maybe not Bruce Willis. Continue Reading
Rob Riggle is hosting the ESPYS this year over on ESPN, so I was curious to see what the Daily Show-alum had to say when he visited Leno last night as he seldom appears on talk shows. Continue Reading
The new Spider-Man was on The Tonight Show Friday night to do some press before the big opening on Tuesday. The talk circuit is pretty much off next week, so this was his last chance to do it. Continue Reading
Tyler Perry is out promoting Madea’s Witness Protection and Thursday night had the actor show up on The Tonight Show couch where he spoke to Jay about his latest film. Here is the interview where the actor exchanged early stand-up stories with Jay, discussed who he follows on Twitter, and more.
Mila Kunis decided to follow-up The Black Swan with a comedy, but lucky for her it was a good one that Hollywood won’t see as a ‘lost opportunity’ for the actress to hit it big among critics. Continue Reading
The Tonight Show had on comedian Louis C.K. today as the actor has been out promoting the return of his FX comedy. He had quite the entertaining interview as he kicked things off by saying he wished he were gay with a pretty thorough explanation. Continue Reading
Chris Pine took to The Tonight Show last night where he sat down with Jay to promote his new film, People Like Us. Continue Reading
Katy Perry has her very own concert movie to promote entitled Katy Perry Part of Me 3D, and thus explains her visit to The Tonight Show couch last night. Here is her interview which ran on Thursday.