Megyn Kelly appeared on “The Tonight Show” yesterday, talking with Jay Leno about her transition from law to television as well as her Fox News primetime show. “I don’t care about pandering to the left or the right, I care about protecting my audience,” Kelly said. “My boss, Roger Ailes, pays me a decent amount of money to go out there and ask questions, because he thinks that I know the questions my audience wants answers to.” Watch:
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After eating chicken heart on the “Today” show yesterday morning, Savannah Guthrie flew out to Los Angeles for an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Guthrie told a funny story about a recent mistake Matt Lauer made, calling it “the greatest moment of my life.”
“Matt is such a maestro at the job, when he makes a mistake … oh boy, do I drag it out!” she told Leno. Watch:
President Obama has not spoken at length publicly about the NSA leaks and Edward Snowden. He hasn’t spoken at all about the worldwide terror advisory the State Department put in place before the weekend.
Given that, it isn’t a total surprise that “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno‘s interview with him last night is big news this morning, garnering frequent coverage on cable news and having clips featured near the top of the network morning shows.
The interview was also something of a swan song for Leno, who will be leaving the “Tonight Show” desk for good early next year. It will likely be his last interview with the President.
Watch a few excerpts from the interview below.
“I made a vow years ago, Bryant Gumbel told me, ‘Don’t sing and don’t dance on the show.’”
Friday, he broke that vow.
“It has been an interesting year, no question about it” Lauer said. “I am not a guy who complains, I am the luckiest, guy, I love this job, I really do.”
No doubt spurred on in part by ABC’s decision to move Jimmy Kimmel into the 11:35 PM slot, NBC is changing up its own late-night lineup, having Jimmy Fallon replace Jay Leno as the host of “The Tonight Show next year, tied to the 2014 Winter Olympics. The change will happen next Spring, with lots of promotion during the games in Sochi, Russia.
In addition, NBC confirms that “The Tonight Show” will move from Burbank, California to NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza headquarters in New York. NBC is building out a new studio for Fallon, in the same space that once held the original ”Tonight Show” studio, when it was hosted by Steve Allen.
“Jay Leno is an entertainment icon, making millions of people laugh every weeknight for more than 20 years,” said Steve Burke, the CEO of NBCUniversal in a statement. “His long reign as the highest-rated late-night host is a testament to his work ethic and dedication to his viewers and to NBC.
“Congratulations Jimmy. I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to The Job until you’re the old guy,” says Leno in a statement. “If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.”
Michael Wolff makes the case that “someone at NBC should be fired” over the ongoing talent sagas at both “Today” and “Tonight,” which have largely played out in the press. Wolff writes in USA Today that NBC Universal’s Steve Burke, who “wasn’t a network television guy” when he took over as CEO, has “has found himself in the middle of an old-fashioned network drama — and losing control of the plot”:
But television is a business all about the “talent.” And the talent must be massaged and handled and finessed. Directness is not necessarily a virtue. Beating around the bush is the skill — that is, wheeling and dealing and talking from both sides of your mouth. Or, if necessary, sometimes a dead-of-night attack will do. But the drawn-out considerations of men with no apparent human feelings, or at least not tact and charm, isn’t how you get by in television and avoid the firestorm of press and gossip that will ultimately make your decisions for you.
This is what people are starting to say: Maybe even GE was a better owner of NBC than Comcast.
And, don’t fire [Jay] Leno or [Matt] Lauer. Fire Steve Burke.
Willie Geist was not in his usual perch on NBC’s “Today” or MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday – he was in Los Angeles for a taping of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Kim Kardashian, who is expecting a baby with Kanye West, was also a guest on Thurday’s show, and Geist threw a few parenting tips her way.
“Kanye’s gonna have to decide early on whether or not he’s a baby bjorn guy,” Geist advised. “Because the minute you put on that baby bjorn, there’s no turning back. It’s like buying a minivan — you lose a little piece of yourself.” Watch:
‘Today’ Anchors Judge Weird Human Tricks On ‘Tonight Show, Have ‘Wardrobe Malfunction’ On Red Carpet
On “The Tonight Show” late Friday evening, host Jay Leno had the “Today” crew of Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales judge weird human tricks. As The Huffington Post notes, not all of the “talents” were well-received by the team.
Meanwhile, on the red carpet to tonight’s Golden Globe Awards, Guthrie and Morales had a minor “wardrobe malfunction.” Today.com has all the gory details.
On his first night at 11:35, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” beat ”The Late Show with David Letterman,” in the ratings drawing nearly 3.1 million viewers. That said, Kimmel fell short of ”The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,“ which drew 3.27 million viewers, as well as the show he replaced, “Nightline,” which averaged 3.9 million viewers last quarter.
There are caveats, however. Kimmel’s ratings are based on a 50 minute program, whereas “Nightline” was based on a 25 minute program. In addition, as we noted earlier this week, “JKL” is likely to make more money for ABC in that timeslot than “Nightline” did, even if the ratings aren’t as high. Younger viewers typically mean higher CPMs.
Of course, one night is hardly a trend. We will still have to wait and see where Kimmel’s ratings finally settle. That will likely take much more time.
Update: The “Nightline” numbers are in, and the program topped both “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” in total viewers (1.72M compared to 1.35M and 1.30M). That said, the entertainment shows are both one hour, and “Nightline” is only a half-hour, so it isn’t a perfect comparison. Further, “Nightline”‘s 1.7 million viewers is fewer than half of what it used to draw at 11:30 PM, when it averaged 3.9 million viewers last quarter.