As Jimmy Fallon prepares to take over “The Tonight Show” next year, the question lingers over who will now take over Fallon’s old role on “Late Night.”
While “Saturday Night Live’s” Seth Meyers remains the front-runner for the job, TV Guide reports that the network is also considering Bravo host Andy Cohen and “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon for the high-profile gig.
The report states that NBC is expected to name its new “Late Night” host before mid-May. The show would continue to be taped in New York, produced side-by-side with “The Tonight Show,” which is moving from Los Angeles.
“There is something potentially special about all these shows existing in literally the same place,” one source told TV Guide about the possibility of “Tonight Show,” “Late Night” and “Saturday Night Live” all broadcasting out of NBC’s East Coast headquarters at Rockefeller Plaza. “It’s the last bastion of NBC. There’s really good 12:30 history out of that building.”
If Meyers isn’t able to come to an agreement with NBC to host “Late Night,” the article reports that “Cohen intrigues NBC execs because his show is cheap and usually books guests (frequently reality stars) different from The Tonight Show’s usual suspects. Meanwhile, Cannon is a workhorse who would bring some much-needed diversity to NBC’s late-night programming.”
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