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Jimmy Fallon fires longtime manager, as 'Tonight Show' deal gets closer

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It is currently the worst kept "secret" in Hollywood that NBC is preparing for life after Jay Leno. The still popular 'Tonight Show' host's contract is set to expire after the 2013-2014 TV season, and the ol' Peacock is planning to move "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon up to 11:30. Hopefully for them, this move works out better than Conan O'Brien's aborted six-month stint as host of 'Tonight'.

With negotiations between Fallon and NBC still ongoing, Fallon has taken the seemingly drastic step of firing his manager of eight years, Eric Kranzler. Kranzler originally managed Fallon for three years during the comedian's 'SNL' tenure. The two parted ways briefly, then went back into business together in 2008, the year before Fallon landed his current gig.

As odd a move as this might appear to be on the surface, it is actually far from unprecedented. Johnny Carson fired his manager after accepting 'The Tonight Show'. Jay Leno did the same thing when he got the job in 1992. The general thinking appears to be that once a talent lands a (usually) long-term, big bucks position hosting a late night show, the only job his manager has from that point is to collect a percentage of his earnings. Thus, the usual course of action is to part ways. Hopefully Jimmy sent Kranzler one of his customary "thank you" notes with his severance pay.

Do you think Fallon was smart to let his manager go? Will the changeover from Leno to Fallon go smoothly for NBC?


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Person:
- Jimmy Fallon
Show:
- Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Network:
- NBC

Written by: Michael Stevenson
Mar 29th, 2013, 10:06 am

Images courtesy of NBC

Anonymous

Message Posted On Apr 3rd, 2013, 7:12 am
God I miss the days of Leno/Conan. There is no way in hell I'm watching this unfunny douche. At least when Conan was making the transition he had a huge fanbase. This new penile implant doesn't have anywhere near the fanbase of Conan O'Brien. Good luck with that NBC. Half of Fallon's already dismal audience will disappear, and you'll lose the majority of Leno's audience aa well. All in all, another outstanding decision by NBC.
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Message Posted On Mar 31st, 2013, 3:37 am

The Leno scenario was different. He insisted his manager be made the producer of the Tonight Show when he took over for Carson. His manager then proceeded to piss everyone off in Hollywood that resulted in NBC firing her. Leno had little choice but to do the same.

Anonymous

Message Posted On Mar 30th, 2013, 8:51 am
It's a good move. If the manager is not going to do anything, then why give him a percentage of your salary.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Mar 30th, 2013, 3:00 am
This could have been a win/win for the ex-manager. We don't know the details. It is scary thinking about NBCs past track record and how NBC will throw Jimmy Fallen to the 11:35 wolves. Then (you know it's coming) NBC will blame Jimmy for not getting the ratings (money). NBC will make another bad choice just like in the past. GE was smart leaving a sinking NBC ship.
AnonymousDcc

Message Posted On Mar 30th, 2013, 1:23 am
wow thats fucked up...
AnonymousDoodooMaker

Message Posted On Mar 29th, 2013, 3:39 pm
Douchebag move. I kinda liked the guy but this tells me who he is. Just another asshole shitting on the people who helped get him into position to be offered even bigger, better opportunities. Pop Quiz! Was this my ReCAPCTHA or the latest from Urban Dictionary: rawsecz south? Yowza. TV Rage, you good. You real good.
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