Awesome, just an awesome report from the Daily News:
There’s word that NBC brass are ruminating over Jay Leno’s future — which would involve finally giving their current late-late guy comic, Jimmy Fallon, the coveted job as the host of “The Tonight Show.”
The latest rumblings about Leno come from various talent agents who admit they have quietly been contacted by NBC officials hoping to find a new late-late host who will eventually take over Fallon’s 12:35 a.m. time slot.
First: Jimmy Fallon’s show premiered in March 2009. What is this “finally” business? Secondly, Leno’s contract is up in 2014. Does anyone actually care who hosts “The Tonight Show” anymore? Of course not. It’s “The Tonight Show.” But yes, sure, let’s all get riled up about “Tonight Show” rumors, because we had so much fun the last time we (BRIEFLY) cared about “The Tonight Show.”
Scott Collins of the L.A. Times has more on the struggles faced by “The Tonight Show” and, of course, NBC. You’ll recall that “The Tonight Show” recently laid off at least 20 staff members, with Jay Leno nobly taking a relatively minor pay cut to save some jobs.
Collins’s story is about “The Tonight Show’s” ratings slide, the ever-increasing competition in late night and NBC’s various NBC-ish missteps. There’s also this nugget about Leno’s pay cut, and how he wanted to do even more:
Leno even offered to work for free to save more jobs, according to people familiar with the matter, who said the offer was rejected because executives believed it would set a bad precedent. These people said “Tonight” was now barely breaking even.
Bull. Shit. I do not know all of the facts, nor do I know the thought process at work here, nor do I know any particular details about NBC’s current financial situation. But I feel 100 percent confident in saying that there is zero chance (none, no chance) that a television network had the option of a star working for free, saving them tens of millions of dollars a year, and they turned it down. Continue reading
Brad Dickson is an Omaha native. He wrote for Jay Leno for 15 years, which means he deserves a quiet and calm existence far, far from the horrors of “Jaywalking.” So the Omaha World-Herald decided to hire him as a columnist. What can we expect from this new column?
Christina Aguilera fell on-stage at the Grammy Awards. Hosni Mubarak called her and told Christina, “I’m glad my week isn’t going as bad as yours.”
You almost can’t tell he worked for Jay Leno for 15 years. So it’s basically a collection of Leno monologue jokes, with more Nebraska bits sprinkled throughout. One wonders how excitedly Dickson’s former colleagues at “The Tonight Show” are scouring his column, hoping for some kind of hilarious grammatical mistake so they can show it on national television, because misplaced commas or misspelled words are so very funny.