[TV] Howard Stern To Replace Jimmy Fallon On Late Night?
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.07.2013
When Fallon replaces Leno...
The New York Post reports that NBC may be grooming Howard Stern to take over for Jimmy Fallon on Late Night when Fallon replaces Leno on The Tonight Show next year.
Stern is currently working for NBC on America's Got Talent and has toned down his edgy act that he's known for, so this may be why they have selected him. As for why NBC would select someone only three years younger than Leno to host a late night show, it is probably because of the younger fans he has from his role on AGT.
His wife Beth Ostrosky Stern said: "We were in a hotel and all these little kids recognize him now as the judge from ‘America's Got Talent.' Usually it's their dads. But now it is screaming little kids. People are now seeing him for who he really is. I always say that to him! He is one of the best interviewers out there."
She also said she was going to try to convince him to take the job if he is offered.
Stern has been on late night TV before with mixed results. He made several pilots to replace Joan Rivers on The Late Show in 1987, but they never made it to air. Between 1990 and 1992, he had The Howard Stern Show on Saturday nights on WWOR-TV (Ch. 9), and from 1994 to 2005, E! ran a one-hour edited version of his show on late nights.
In 1998, he was on Saturday nights with The Howard Stern Radio Show on CBS TV stations. While it was on for four years, affiliates left the series alone as it grew more risque.