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.
June 11, 2013 |
When Jimmy Fallon takes over "The Tonight Show" from Jay Leno in February 2014, he's not just getting an upgrade in his start time, he's also getting a billing promotion. As first pointed out by the Huffington Post, Fallon's "Tonight Show" will be titled "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. " That's a throwback to late-night king Johnny Carson's reign, when the show was titled "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. " Both hosts to take over the show after Carson, Leno and Conan O'Brien, got a less prestigious "With" in the title.
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.
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.
March 2, 2010 |
Dick Cheney jokes, George Bush jokes, Cheerios jokes and a "new bit" entitled "How Boring Is Alan Greenspan?": Jay Leno is back on late-night, looking happier and more self-confident than he has in months. (It takes a confident man to introduce the word "boring," not to mention Alan Greenspan, five minutes into an opening monologue.) And why not? As he has made clear through recent self-pitying interviews and the foot-dragging "The Jay Leno Show," he never wanted to leave "The Tonight Show" in the first place.
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April 3, 2013 |
Burbank officials Wednesday treated news that “The Tonight Show” was leaving for a new host in a new city like a painful breakup. And as with most epic breakups, the rumor mill had been whirling for weeks. On Wednesday, NBC ended weeks of gossip and speculation by confirming that Jimmy Fallon will succeed Jay Leno as host of "The Tonight Show" in the spring of 2014. Although Leno is still the most-watched late-night television host, NBC is making the move because it thinks Fallon will do better with younger viewers in the years to come.