As the three-episode arc from season three of Louie, in which he vied to take over for a retiring David Letterman, revealed, Louis C.K. has a lot of opinions about late night TV. Now that the latest hosting shakeups have calmed down a bit, Variety asked the comedian what he thinks of the current landscape.
“The reason that latenight TV persists is pretty basic,” he said. “Whether it’s Conan or Letterman or Kimmel, a lot of it is practical. It takes about 100 people to produce a show, and you have guests who you pay nothing and the same with your music guests, and you just pump them out and make a profit.”
As for the recent changes, C.K. sees Jimmy Fallon as both the biggest innovator and biggest winner.
“What’s interesting about all the changes taking place is that even though Jimmy Fallon is the most different, he’s still the guy with the skyline, the desk and the band,” he said. “His voice is so smart and he’s such a sweet guy, and he is the guy who has totally changed the tempo and the feeling of latenight.”
Watch Louis C.K.’s first appearance on the new Tonight Show below, in which he said he was convinced Fallon was dead, via NBC:
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