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Seth Meyers is the focus of a rumor that he will be the replacement for Jimmy Fallon on "Late Night," as Fallon is touted to be moving to replace Jay Leno on his talk show.
According to numerous publications on Friday Seth Meyers is being touted as the perfect replacement for Fallon.
Page Six has reported that an unnamed source has said, "Lorne Michaels wants Seth to take over from Fallon. It would be perfect for him. Tina Fey's name had also come up, but she has said she was too busy to do it."
However, Seth Meyers was already asked whether he would be interested in taking over from Fallon by The New York Times' Bill Carter earlier this week. He responded without giving too much away and not elaborating more than saying, "Nobody could do that job as well as Jimmy Fallon."
Meyers name is being touted as he has a similar professional background to Fallon, as both found fame on "Saturday Night Live" in the Weekend Update anchor chair.
They even worked at the same time on SNL as cast members from 2001 to 2004.
Most seem to believe that Seth Meyers would be a perfect fit and cause the least disruption for the show, and would maintain the popular format that Fallon has put in place.
Others have said that the transition from "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" to "Late Night With Seth Meyers" would be effortless given that Lorne Michaels produces both "Late Night" and "Saturday Night Live." In addition, both shows are shot at 30 Rockefeller Center.
The rumors about Meyers comes as Jay Leno looks increasingly likely to make an exit in the near future from "The Tonight Show."
Friction between Leno and NBC executives have been rumored to be on the increase over recent weeks. Recently Leno called NBC executives "snakes" despite reportedly already being warned earlier this month after making some jokes at their expense.
Leno used his monologue section on the show to make fun of NBC executives saying, "Well you know the whole legend of St. Patrick, right? St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland, and then they came here to the United States and became NBC executives … It's a fascinating, fascinating story."
Here is a video of Seth Meyers being interviewed on David Letterman: