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?