With rumors about Jimmy Fallon’s possible ascension to the Tonight Show continuing to swirl due to the big ticking clock over Jay Leno’s head, many have started to wonder who will take over for Fallon, if (and when) he leaves Late Night.
Now, it appears that NBC is looking at Saturday Night Live head writer and host of “Weekend Update” Seth Meyers to take the post-Tonight Show timeslot.
According to the New York Post, an unnamed source told them:
Lorne Michaels wants Seth to take over from Fallon. It would be perfect for him. Tina Fey’s name had also come up, but she has said she was too busy to do it.
Fey co-hosted “Weekend Update” with Fallon on SNL from 2000 to 2004 and she also preceded Meyers as head writer for the venerable sketch show. She recently wrapped up 7 seasons as both the star and showrunner on 30 Rock, though, so it’s hard to think that Fey would turnaround and sign up for a job as demanding and all-consuming as late night host. Still, Fey would have been an incredible get for NBC, even though she would have probably overshadowed Fallon in that scenario.
Meyers, on the other hand, seems like a perfect fit for the Late Night job, and after 12 years on SNL as writer, then head writer, and host of “Weekend Update” since 2006, Meyers could be ready for a new challenge.
It’s nearly impossible to accurately forecast what Late Night would look like with Meyers as host, but one can see that he would be a nice contrast to Fallon’s somewhat manic style. Smart, with the ability to sell a joke with a knowing grin; Meyers has a coolness to his style, but he also possesses the ability to go for it as a performer (though not as much as Fallon), meaning he could be an asset in bits and sketches as well.
Until official word drops, though, we’ll keep you updated on all the Late Night information and this impossible game of musical chairs, so be sure to stay tuned.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon airs @12:36am on NBC
Source: New York Post