Jimmy Fallon NBC’s First Choice To Succeed Conan O’Brien as ‘Late Night’ Host

NBC has targeted Jimmy Fallon to replace Conan O’Brien in 2009, according to people familiar with the talks.
Fallon is NBC’s favorite to take over from O’Brien, who currently hosts Late Night With Conan O’Brien after The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
NBC late-night chief Rick Ludwin says he doesn’t expect to make an announcement until sometime after the first of the year, but he confirmed that Fallon is on the top of the network’s list.

“I think he’d be terrific, and he is at the top of our short list,” Ludwin says.

As reported by B&C in February, Fallon signed a developmental deal with NBC earlier this year, a deal that at the time included the possibility of his replacing O’Brien, who is scheduled to take over Leno’s chair in 2009.

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