Because this worked out so well the first time.
According to the New York Daily News, NBC is quietly exploring the possibility of having Jimmy Fallon replace Jay Leno as host of the Tonight Show when the latter’s contract expires in 2014.
Earlier this year, Fallon told Piers Morgan that he wouldn’t turn down the job if the opportunity ever arose, though he doesn’t consider it the “holy grail” that others do. The situation hopefully won’t play out like 2010’s widely publicized Conan O’Brien Tonight Show debacle; however, getting Leno to step down (again) while his show is at the top of the ratings could prove difficult.
Right now it is just speculation that Fallon is being groomed for the Tonight Show position and we likely won’t get more information until talks officially get underway—if they ever do.
Next month, Jimmy Kimmel Live! will move to 11:35 p.m., becoming the first major network competition to the already-established Leno and David Letterman-hosted programs.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights at 12:35 a.m. on NBC.