Thursday, May 8, 2008

Jimmy Fallon "Late Night's" New Host ?

3rd\SE Quadrant The Approval Matrix

(Fallon: Everett Collection; O'Brien: Dana Edelson; Leno: Dave Bjerke)

NBC is set to announce on May 12 that Saturday Night Live vet Jimmy Fallon will take over next year for Conan O'Brien (who'll assume the Tonight Show throne currently occupied by Jay Leno, in a move made public way back in 2004). Peacock execs first approached Fallon about the gig in 2003, the year that he guest-hosted on Letterman. While he left SNL in 2004 to pursue a film career that has yet to take off (Taxi, Fever Pitch), he's recently been honing his stand-up chops across the country. In Fallon's favor: SNL/Late Night With Conan O'Brien exec producer Lorne Michaels will oversee the new show. ''Jimmy's a smart pick,'' notes one network exec. ''He's a young, cute guy that will draw women in — and I don't bet against Lorne Michaels.''-- EW

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