On Saturday Night Live, he co-anchored “Weekend Update” with Tina Fey and hosted a talk show as Barry Gibb in a recurring sketch. But is Jimmy Fallon ready for a real-deal hosting gig? NBC apparently thinks so; the New York Times reports that the network is currently discussing a “holding deal,” which would secure Fallon’s on-air services, with the comedian and his representatives. Though the agreement wouldn’t guarantee Fallon a late-night job, NBC has been putting out feelers for successors to Conan O’Brien after the redhead host takes over from Jay Leno on The Tonight Show in 2009.
So far, the only other announced contender is Carson Daly, who has made no secret of his ambition to succeed O’Brien, and can’t be terribly happy with the news that NBC may pass him over after his years spent working the network’s post-Conan graveyard shift. And I’m sure Ryan Seacrest wouldn’t mind being considered; after all, the host-bot is only on television for 50 hours a week.
So who would you like to see take over for Conan when he leaves Late Night? And do you think Fallon can refrain from cracking himself up for a whole hour?