NBC made an honest latenight host out of Jimmy Fallon on Monday, confirming him as the successor to the “Tonight Show”-bound Conan O’Brien on what will soon be known as “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
The noontime news conference didn’t tell us much that we didn’t already know, but the smiles were plentiful, as evidenced by this three-shot of “Late Night” exec producer Lorne Michaels, Fallon and NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker. Variety’s hard-working man at the upfronts, Michael Schneider, delivered this report from the newser via Blackberry this ayem.
“You can never really be sure of these things,” said Michaels, who took a risk in 1993 recruiting the then-unknown comedy writer O’Brien for the job of succeeding David Letterman. “But he’s funny and smart and has a really good work ethic. You have to want this more than anything, and I think he does.”
Looks like Fallon is going to get his formal intro to America as O’Brien’s successor on tonight’s edition of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien. As seen in this pic, clearly O’Brien’s going to take him under wing and show him the ropes.
“Ok, now, the guest sits here, you sit behind the desk…”