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    http://www.tmz.com/2014/03/06/jimmy-fallon-nbc-jimmy-kimmel-live-tonight-show/

    NBC is coming down like a hammer on celebs who want to get on Jimmy Fallon‘s show.  If they dare do a show on CBS or ABC, they can forget about “The Tonight Show.”

    Sources connected to CBS, NBC and ABC tell TMZ the Peacock network believes Fallon’s ratings success gives them extreme bargaining power. They put the word out to celebs, agents and publicists; if they want to be on Fallon they can’t appear on ANY other network. And not just shows that go head-to-head with Jimmy, but morning shows as well.

    We’re told NBC is saying the stars who go on Fallon are also allowed to appear on “Today,” “Dateline” and any similar shows they air, but that’s it.  A GMA source tells TMZ they’ve already gotten fallout from people they were trying to book.

    Fallon is dominating late night, crushing Jimmy Kimmel by bringing in more than twice the number of viewers.

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    If this is true NBC is killing a successful brand purely out of hubris.  I can’t imagine Fallon is on board for this.

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    And the countdown begins – what, 6 months? 

    Just a question – I don’t see The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon going off the air very soon, but just say it did, who would be the likely replacement?  Seth Meyers is too new to the game I think.

    Also, do you think Seth Meyers will be the replacement for David Letterman when he retires? I don’t see Seth Meyers getting the Tonight Show if Jimmy has his 20-30 year reign. It would be quite awkward if that happened because Jimmy and Seth would then go head-to-head, and that could either be a great friendship across networks that will end these stupid network wars. Or it could just continue being ugly and bitter. 

    But this begs the question – who will replace Dave? I don’t think he has 10 more years left in him – he will definitely retire within the next 5 years. Who are possible replacements? Craig Ferguson is wonderful and sweet and charming and funny, but he’s too offbeat for such a spot. Conan O’Brien has a nice little rut carved out at TBS. I’d love to see a woman take the reigns, but all the woman who could do a good job (those adept at hosting or have been around enough) – Tina Fey has an allegiance to NBC, Ellen Degeneres is happy with her talk show at the moment, and Wanda Sykes doesn’t seem to want to pursue late night anymore. Kathy Griffin has equal fans and haters, so she wouldn’t work. To be perfectly honest, they’ll dump someone like Ray Romano in there for a couple of years until a new Jimmy Fallon can pop-out from somewhere. 

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    I can’t fathom Meyers ever working with CBS. He’s spent too much time as a head at SNL to break those ties, and I doubt it would go over well with Lorne Michaels. 

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    Turns out all NBC did was write a clause that celebs can’t appears on a rival network the same night or the next morning.  Not as egregious as TMZ makes it out to be.

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    And the countdown begins – what, 6 months? 

    Just a question – I don’t see The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon going off the air very soon, but just say it did, who would be the likely replacement?

    Jay Leno

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    [quote=”EmmyFan123″]And the countdown begins – what, 6 months? 

    Just a question – I don’t see The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon going off the air very soon, but just say it did, who would be the likely replacement?

    Jay Leno[/quote]

    I was waiting for someone to say that  

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    Jon Stewart replacing David Letterman in 2015 seems to get floated here and there.

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    I don’t know what his contract situation looks like but I would imagine CBS would reach out to Conan to take over for Dave.

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    Turns out all NBC did was write a clause that celebs can’t appears on a rival network the same night or the next morning.  Not as egregious as TMZ makes it out to be.

    That makes more sense.

    I mean, I know that ABC makes packaged deals with stars that they appear on GMA, Kelly & Michael, and Kimmel all in one swoop (I’m not sure The View is part of the deal…that doesn’t seem to be the case), so it makes sense that NBC would try this. It’s a smart move to try to get some power back to The Today Show. It won’t last long once Fallon’s ratings settle down, but I don’t blame them for doing it now. 

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