Is Howard Stern Headed To Late Night? Shock Jock Could Replace Fallon On NBC
NBC is reportedly looking to move Jimmy Fallon into Jay Leno‘s Tonight Show seat as early as this fall, in an effort to bring in more younger viewers and better compete with ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel. But if that happens, who will replace Fallon in his 12:35pm Late Night time slot? According to a new report from the New York Post, the network is seriously considering Howard Stern.
At 59, Stern is only three years younger than Leno and at first blush doesn’t exactly seem like the best choice to draw in the 18-49 set. Yet, after decades as a provocative radio host he has built up a strong younger male fan base, something that can be very attractive to advertisers. And after replacing Piers Morgan as a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, he has managed to broaden his appeal to a wider, and more female audience.
Giving Stern the Late Night gig would reverse NBC’s trend of trying out young, upstart comedians in that time slot, dating back to David Letterman in 1982, followed by Conan O’Brien in 1993 and Fallon in 2009.
When Stern recently appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon he grilled the host about his ratings, asking whether he regularly beats rival Craig Ferguson. Perhaps Stern was doing a little market research before he started pursuing the job.
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