According to weekend rumours, Jay Leno is out of the Tonight Show seat once his contract is up in 2014—and Jimmy Fallon will take his place.
But who will take over for Fallon at 12:30am? Howard Stern seems to be the leading contender. While many of Stern’s previous late-night forays have failed, his recent turn on America’s Got Talent has made him more palatable to the American masses.
According to his wife, Beth Ostrosky Stern, he’s more recognizable now to children than to their parents. Not that kids are the late-night talk show demographic.
Still, NBC must have their reasons why they’re replacing hip, young Fallon with 59-year-old Stern—who is only a couple years younger than Leno, and likely almost as expensive.
Maybe it’s his ability to conduct an entertaining celebrity interview—something that’s been sorely missing from network late-night shows.