The host of the Tonight Show signed a long-term contract that will solidify him on the show.
Jimmy Fallon is here to stay! As if there were any real concern about the permanence of the Late Night king on The Tonight Show, we now have proof that he will be around for quite a long time. Despite having some medical problems recently, Jimmy Fallon has created a resurgence in viewers to late night television. More and more celebrities are trying to get onto the show, and it has successfully made its way on the internet as a viral phenomenon as well. The show even sparked the show Lip Sync Battle on Spike, which has done well for the channel.
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According to Dispatch, NBC has extended Fallon’s contract for 4 1/2 years beyond his previous deal, which will keep him as host into 2021. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but you can bet the Jimmy is probably bringing in a lot of money. There was no word on whether or not the deal includes the in house band, The Roots.
The Tonight Show, which airs on NBC Monday through Friday, has consistently been ranked at the number one spot in its time slot in the 18 months since Fallon took over from Jay Leno. However there may be a hiccup coming, as starting next month, he will have some very strong competition from Stephen Colbert, who is taking over the The Late Show on CBS. David Lettermen proved to be competition, and Stephen Colbert is definitely going to be as well.
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When asked about why they extended the contract so long, Robert Greeblatt, the chairman of NBC entertainment said: “We said, ‘Why don’t we just tie him up for a chunk of years?’ He got the job last year, and you give him a 3-year deal and see how it goes, and then it’s like, OK, home run. Let’s lock up the home run.”