Howard Stern has proven to be a monster hit with America’s Got Talent, so NBC has decided to replace Jay Leno with Stern.
Ratings for “America’s Got Talent” have gone through the roof with Howard Stern as a new judge and NBC is thrilled. They have long been looking for a way to get rid of Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” and the finally have their answer.
“We think Howard is the best possible host for The Tonight Show. We think he will at least triple Jay’s ratings and may soon become the highest rated late night host of all time,” said a source close to executives at NBC.
How could NBC just dump Leno like that? “It’s easy,” said an executive. “Leno was fired once and he can be fired again. We’ve never been that happy with him, but there was never anyone to take his place. We tried Conan. But Howard… he’s a rock star.”
The King of All Media, who years ago sided with David Letterman in the Late Night Wars, is confident that he will be the “King of Late Night.” He has already proven to be the greatest judge of talent in the world and he will use that talent to destroy the competition in late night.
When Stern accepted the AGT gig, he told NBC executives he refuses to promote the show on Leno’s show, and vowed once again never to appear with Letterman’s longtime rival.
Howard has a longtime feud with Leno. The radio host has accused the late-night quasi legend of ripping off his material. Stern appeared on Piers Morgan’s CNN show recently and told the host, “Jay is insane. And Jay is a crook. And the world knows exactly what he’s up to. He steals a tremendous amount of material,” Stern said.
Stern once said of Leno, “Just the mere mention of Jay Leno’s name makes me to want to vomit,” calling the ‘Tonight Show’ host, “a f****** con man, rip-off artist, no idea mother*******.”
Industry insiders say the hiring of Stern for “Late Night” is the smartest move since Warren Littlefield convinced the network NOT to cancel “Seinfeld.”