As previously mentioned, Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno “teamed up” last night at the top of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to “sing” a jokey duet about this business with a possible transition of The Tonight Show. A few weeks ago, there were speculative rumors that executives at NBC were considering ending Jay’s tenure when his contract was up in 2014 and replacing him with Jimmy Fallon, and then those rumors became full-fledged “news” when NBC revealed that it was building Jimmy Fallon a larger, state-of-the-art studio in New York. Then, of course, came the think pieces. Always with the think pieces! So at this point it seems fairly settled that Jimmy Fallon will take over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno in the fall of 2014. All of this raises the question: who has the energy for any of this? Simply typing this paragraph has really taken it out of me. You can’t see me right now, but I’m lying on a fainting couch with my arm draped over the edge. I don’t know anyone who watches late night talk shows with anything even resembling regularity. People do, I suppose. The idea that we need to get a younger host on The Tonight Show is kind of funny since I don’t think young people even watch television anymore. Do they? They are too busy SEXTing on their holospheres, aren’t they? Also why did I say we? We don’t have to do anything. These are the business decisions of a multi-billion dollar international business conglomerate. Let us bow our heads and pray for their bottom line. Look, I am not saying that every bit of entertainment news that occurs needs to be some big existential crisis, it just so happens that most bits of entertainment news that occur ARE some big existential crisis. I finally watched The Help recently. Have you seen it? It’s just as racist as I thought it would be! Yikes! But there was one part I really liked in that movie, which is the confrontation at the end of the movie between Aibileen and Miss Hilly when she asks “Aren’t you tired?” because it really must be exhausting to be such a horrible person. So much energy wasted. You know? You know what I mean? Like, AREN’T YOU TIRED MISS NBC WATCHDOGS?

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  1. Pictured: Gabe

  2. Hearing the cast of the Today Show discuss whether or not Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon were singing or lip synching was extremely annoying – partly because Jay Leno and the Today Show are always annoying and mostly because I don’t care about this late night television “news.”

  3. it’s exhausting. But here’s the deal: The Tonight Show isn’t the holy grail anymore, or it shouldn’t be…because Leno’s legacy isn’t even in the same league as Carson’s. So whatever happens, I’ll continue to DVR Fallon, Conan, Jon Stewart, & Stephen Colbert and watch them when I get a chance or when they have on a great guest.
    On a related note, Conan is shooting in Atlanta this week and I got to go yesterday and it was so great! So fun!

    • I really was never interested in late night talk shows until I saw Conan on TBS. Sure I would find clips here or there if there was an interview I wanted to see, but I had never sat down and watched entire episodes of other late night shows.

      Conan is fun even when I don’t care about the guest. I tuned into Letterman recently to watch the interview with Jennifer Lawrence. Letterman just was not entertaining and it made the interview so boring and uncomfortable to watch. Maybe he was having a bad night? Or maybe it’s just not my cup of tea.

  4. I work next to the Letterman Show studio and every single time I go to get lunch there are a million people lined up to get in and in my head, every time, I do a Seinfeld impression, like, “WHO are THESE people?!”

    Even though I know who these people are. They are tourists. That is who they are.

    Did I mention that I hate everything and everyone, always.

  5. “Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight” by Spinal Tap should have been the song used.

  6. Craig Ferguson is fun and he’s not a scripted pap factory. I tend to watch his shows in the evening or afternoon when I need a pick-me-up.

    I tried to watch Jimmy Fallon when Justin Timberlake was on it and I couldn’t get through 2 minutes of that awful monologue as it was so forced and terrible that I was *actually* pained by watching it.

    So I’ll just continue watching Craig.

    • The A.D. Miles appearances are worth slogging through the lesser parts of Fallon. The audience participation stuff is usually fun too. I don’t understand why he even does a monologue. It’s by far the worst aspect of the show and you can tell he knows it.

      • I really like A.D. Miles and the writers that I know of on that show are great… but the interviews and everything seem really forced. Literally every time I have tried to watch, whatever it is that I’m seeing is not my thing.

  7. Caring who hosts the Tonight Show is like worrying over who the next Netscape CEO will be.

  8. If you ask me, I don’t think the hearts of Leno or Letterman are in it anymore. And I also think that Gabe’s theory is right in that people just aren’t watching late night talk shows on a regular basis anymore. The “Carson” days are over.

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