It hasn't been that long since the Late Night-wars of 2010 - that is, when Jay Leno was ousted from his role as host of The Tonight Show in favor of naming Conan O'Brien as host, only to be brought back when O'Brien didn't pull the ratings NBC thought he would - but it looks like the network is looking to play with fire once again. Rumors have been swirling about Leno possibly being ousted as host of The Tonight Show again once his contract ends this year, with Jimmy Fallon being named as his likely successor. The show would also be moved back to New York City, where it originally began in 1954 with Steve Allen as host.
So, theoretically, if Fallon was to leave, who would take his place as host of Late Night? According to the New York Post, SNL star and Weekend Update veteran Seth Meyers is apparently Lorne Michaels' top choice to replace Fallon if he moves on to The Tonight Show. As a source told the paper, "Lorne Michaels wants Seth to take over from Fallon. It would be perfect for him. Tina Feyâ€™s name had also come up, but she has said she was too busy to do it."
The choice makes sense, we've got to say. Meyers absolutely kills it on Weekend Update, and considering that Fallon used to host the segment as well, he'd be the perfect successor.
NBC has yet to confirm anything, of course.
[via New York Post]