NBC is reportedly planning to replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon in 2014 after Jays contract expires. So, who would take over Late Night? According to The New York Post, Howard Stern. NY Post says that NBC is grooming SiriusXM host and America’s Got Talent judge:
You probably wake up to Howard Stern — but do you want to go to sleep with him, too?
Over the weekend, word broke that Jay Leno is being pushed out to make room for the younger Jimmy Fallon — but sources close to the radio man tell The Post that Stern, in turn, is being “groomed” by NBC as the new Fallon.
Sure, Stern loves the judging gig on “America’s Got Talent,” but even Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne could take just so much of extreme cyclists and dog acts. I never figured it was really about that for Stern — it was about creating a Howard that was palatable for TV.
Howard has been trying to show TV suits for years that he’s the whole package — as opposed to the one he talks about on the radio. He’s shown — on “AGT,” one of the most popular family shows on TV — that he can act like a grown-up and play well with others, if the money’s right.
And, according to a source who knows him well, the suits at NBC have gotten the message.
But why, then, would NBC hire a guy — Stern — who is not only just three years younger than Leno but is too old in TV years to even appeal to himself?
Stern’s hot, younger wife (she’s 40, he’s 59), Beth Ostrosky Stern, told The Post’s Sean Daly that, “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.”
So now that he’s acceptable for prime time, is he ready for late night?
“I always say that to him! He is one of the best interviewers out there,” Beth said.
So can she talk him into trying his hand at staying up late? “I am going to!” she said.