NBC wants Emmy winner Jimmy Fallon to stick around as the host of The Tonight Show and has just added six years to his deal, extending Fallon’s contract through September 2021. With Fallon as host, The Tonight Show has been solidly winning the late night competition in total number of viewers.
“Jimmy has been an important member of the NBCUniversal family for 17 years. He is extraordinarily talented, hard-working and brings a level of creativity and energy every single day that is simply unmatched in television,” stated Steve Burke, Chief Executive Office, NBCUniversal, announcing the contract extension. “The success of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has been nothing short of remarkable. We couldn’t be prouder of the show he and his team put on every night and couldn’t be happier that he will remain with us at 30 Rock at least through 2021.”
“Jimmy Fallon is simply the best that there is, the most versatile star of a show anywhere in television in my opinion,” added Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “The Tonight Show has always been an institution, but he’s remade it into a destination for the largest audience anywhere in late night. He’s the face of NBC in a lot of ways and we’re thrilled he’s going to be hosting The Tonight Show for many years to come.”
Fallon TV credits include Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and hosting the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards. The married father of two is the author of three books, including the just-released New York Times bestseller Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada.
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