Jimmy Fallon is sticking with "Tonight" for tonight, tomorrow, and every night after that for the foreseeable future.
The Tonight Show" for at least six more seasons, having just closed a deal with the network. Considering how much NBC loves Fallon, though, it seems a safe bet that his tenure will be much longer.
NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt made that apparent during Thursday's TCA event, fawning over Fallon in a conversation with reporters.
"Jimmy Fallon is still simply the best that there is -- the most versatile star of a show anywhere on television," Greenblatt said. "'The Tonight Show' has always been an institution for us, but he's remade it into a destination for the largest audience anywhere in late night. Obviously we didn't want Jimmy going anywhere... I know I speak for [NBC CEO and President] Steve Burk and everybody at NBC how elated we all are that he's going to be around for a long time in the role I think he was born to play."
In addition to Fallon's ratings domination, he's also a hit online, too, frequently posting viral videos of celebs engaging in silly games like Lip Sync Battle, Catchphrase, Box of Lies, and other quirky gags (not to mention Fallon's patented musical parodies and covers, which he also scored with back in his "Late Night" days). It's a no-brainer for NBC to hang on to its biggest current star.
Fallon's new contract will keep him on the air through the fall of 2021.
[via: TV Guide]
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