Everyone knows Conan O’Brien is succeeding Jay Leno as host of ‘The Tonight Show’ in 2009. While NBC’s announcement came with tons of press and fanfare in 2004, the Peacock never gave any hint about who might replace the hilarious Conan and his infamous Donald-Trump-imitating red hair on the ‘Late Show.’

At least until possibly now. Jimmy Fallon, the somewhat funny comedian known for his full-time work on ‘Saturday Night Live’ from 1998 to 2004 is reportedly negotiating a “holding deal” with NBC. According to TV.com, such a deal would basically keep Fallon tied to the network, but in an unspecified capacity. It’s only a rumor right now, but it’s possible that “unspecified capacity” might include a certain late night talk show gig. Or whatever, who knows?

If the rumor is true, Fallon will face some competition from the even less funny Carson Daly, who has been doing his ‘Last Call’ thing for the past five years after leaving MTV’s ‘Total Request Live.’ Since there are fossilized lizard remains that are funnier than Carson Daly, somehow I don’t think he’ll be much of a challenge to Fallon. Fallon’s comic routine often has all the hilarity and splendor of an anatomy lesson, but he’s at least somewhat entertaining. Plus he has been in a bunch of movies (Taxi, Fever Pitch) which proves…well, something I guess. Although, anything can happen, of course.

For now, viewers will have to play the waiting game until NBC decides how this apparent race to the bottom competition for ‘Late Night’ will end up. If you’re a bettin’ type, go with Fallon. Just be sure to use Monopoly money.

‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ airs to the sweet singing of angels on NBC Monday through Friday at 12:35 AM EST. ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ otherwise known as “That show you have to be really hammered to find funny,” can be seen afterward at 1:35 AM EST.

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