NBC signs Jimmy Fallon as ‘Tonight Show’ host through 2021
NEW YORK – It appears that Jimmy Fallon will be writing “thank you notes” for the next six years.
Thursday, NBC announced the popular late night host of ‘The Tonight Show’ will hold on to the position through 2021.
“Jimmy Fallon is simply the best that there is. ‘The Tonight Show’ has always been an institution, but he’s remade it into a destination for the largest audience anywhere in late night,” chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. “He’s the face of NBC in a lot of ways, and we’re thrilled he’s going to be hosting ‘The Tonight Show’ for many years to come.”
Since taking over the show from Jay Leno last year, Fallon has in many ways modified the late night genre.
Fallon has done this by creating sketches like Lip Sync Battle – a segment that pits the host against celebrity guests to see which can best lip sync a song, reaching millions of people on both TV and social media.
The comedian has led ‘The Tonight Show’ to an average of 3.8 million viewers in his tenure, which makes it the number one show in late night TV, according to the network.
“The success of the ‘Tonight Show’ Starring Jimmy Fallon has been nothing short of remarkable,” CEO of NBCUniversal Steve Burke said in a statement. “We couldn’t be prouder of the show he and his team put on every night and couldn’t be happier that he will remain with us at 30 Rock at least through 2021.”
The financial arrangements were not released.
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