The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon earns a five year extension

Jimmy Fallon (Photo by Gerardo Mora/FilmMagic)
Jimmy Fallon (Photo by Gerardo Mora/FilmMagic) /

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. NBC announced that it has renewed its flagship late night program for five more years.

It’s fantastic news for Jimmy Fallon and everyone involved in The Tonight Show. The host and former Saturday Night Live cast member’s contract was set to expire at the end of the year. But NBC made sure to lock up the multitalented host for the foreseeable future.

It has been a difficult year in the entertainment industry and late night TV had its own set of challenges. The Tonight Show was out in front in terms of producing shows from home and eventually returning to a studio with a live audience.

Fans have rewarded Fallon and company for their hard work and dedication to The Tonight Show. Since 2021 began, the NBC show has been improving in the ratings after falling behind The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will remain despite a shifting late night TV landscape

There are a number of changes coming to late night TV. Some are definite and some are only speculation. However, we now know that The Tonight Show will stay the course.

Fallon’s Tonight Show predecessor Conan O’Brien is set to wrap up Conan next month. O’Brien will then reload on HBO Max where he’s expected to deliver a variety show among other projects for the streaming service.

Late last year, speculation about James Corden’s future swirled. A report indicated that The Late Late Show host was homesick and considering ending his run on the CBS late night show and returning to his native England.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel has publicly wondered about his own future in late night and how much longer he plans to carry on. While he signed a new deal with ABC that runs through next year, there is no guarantee that Kimmel has another decade-plus in him.

Then there is a group of hosts including Amber Ruffin, Lilly Singh, Sam Jay, and others that are just getting started. The genre is getting crowded in a good way as more and more talented performers and personalities are given an opportunity to share their voice. All would be lucky to have the kind of longevity and success Jimmy Fallon has experienced at The Tonight Show.

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What do you think of Jimmy Fallon’s new deal with NBC? Are you happy that his version of The Tonight Show will continue? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.