Jimmy Fallon is ready to shine bright like a diamond at his impending 11:35pm slot; so much so, that the late night funny man wishes the move would happen, like, today. As it was reported earlier this year, Fallon, whose ratings has skyrocketed in the last year or so, will be taking the reins of the 11:35 spot (he’s been airing at 12:35am since ’09) from longtime comedic journey-man Jay Leno, who has suffered a decline in ratings which has led to this upcoming move. While on an NBC oriented show tour, Fallon briefly discussed his anxiousness of starting his show at this time and how he’ll pretty much keep it the same, with no alterations or changes anytime soon. If the formula isn’t broken why fix it, right?
On starting his show at 11:35pm:
“I’m not going to go out to change anything, but just gradually it just will change because I’m getting older and it is an hour earlier,” he says, noting he’ll keep signature bits like slow-jamming the news, thank-you notes and playing games with celebrities.
“We will take everything that works on our show. We’re not going to do anything that drastic. It’s not reinventing the wheel,” he says. “We’ve seen that doesn’t work.”
On what he’s learned from the Conan and Leno situation and if history will repeat itself:
“Anything I learned was just work hard, just keep working and don’t worry about the outside stuff,” Fallon says. “Whatever happens will happen.”
“No, but I’m not worried,” he says. “I think it’s just the right thing at the right time. We’re different generations, Jay and I. It’s a change that makes a lot of sense.
“It’s definitely a younger audience — but I think I can hold both audiences.”
Look for Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight’ show to begin on February 17, 2014, while former SNL funny-man Seth Meyers to make his debut right after going down at 12:35am on the Late Night Tip.