March 22, 2013 |
Jay Leno had to know the head honchos at NBC were gunning for him when he told the following joke Monday night: "You know the whole legend of St. Patrick, right?" he asked the audience in his opening monologue. "St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland - and then they came to the United States and became NBC executives. " The harsh humor directed at the guys who hold his fate in their hands is just the latest sign that the star and his bosses pretty much detest one another.
April 1, 2013 |
Turner Broadcasting has extended "Conan" through November 2015, solidifying the network's relationship with late night host Conan O'Brien. Time Warner-owned Turner scooped up the red-haired O'Brien in 2010 shortly after red-faced NBC executives displaced the comic to shuffle Jay Leno back into his longtime perch at 11:35 p.m. on "The Tonight Show. " O'Brien had hosted NBC's marquee late night program for seven months, but ratings proved to be an issue. O'Brien's ratings on TBS are not huge either -- the show is averaging 906,000 viewers an episode.
June 18, 2013 |
Never one to mince words, Howard Stern had some tough advice for Jimmy Fallon about the latter's impending takeover of “The Tonight Show.” During a visit to “Late Night,” Stern congratulated Fallon on the “fantastic” news, although as one of Jay Leno's most outspoken detractors, the truth is it wouldn't take much to make him happy. PHOTOS: Game of Hosts “I subscribe to the anyone-but-Jay philosophy,” Stern explained. “If they had replaced Jay with [Mahmoud]
April 3, 2013 |
Jimmy Fallon is not the only person getting a new job. Fallon, who will take over as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" next spring, will be joined by Lorne Michaels, who currently executive produces Fallon's 12:30 a.m. show "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. " For Michaels, who is the longtime executive producer of NBC's "Saturday Night Live," having oversight over "The Tonight Show" increases his already strong hand at the network. PHOTOS: Classic 'Tonight Show' moments It will also mean a lot more work.
August 7, 2013 |
Wonder what President Obama thought of "Turbo"? After his Tuesday night appearance on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” Obama met for dinner with a longtime friend and Democratic donor, DreamWorks Animation SKG Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg. The two dined alone at the Hilton Woodland Hills, the president's hotel, according to the White House pool report Wednesday. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declined to say who picked up the check, the pool report said.
March 22, 2013 |
The man who came up with the phrase "beautiful downtown Burbank" is not happy that NBC is considering moving "The Tonight Show" back to New York City. "Burbank is a great little place," said Gary Owens, who coined the phrase from his radio days then made it famous when he was the announcer on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" from 1968 to 1973. "If you are in show business in any way, shape or form, you must be here. " Johnny Carson, who moved "The Tonight Show" from New York to Los Angeles in 1972, also used the "beautiful downtown Burbank" line but never tried to take credit for it. PHOTOS: Classic 'Tonight Show' moments "He said, 'We're using "beautiful downtown Burbank," and I told him, 'That's fine - not a problem,'" Owens recalled.