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It can be hard to pinpoint what makes a late-night show work so well with audiences, but The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon seems to have cracked the code. Over the last few years, the series has become one of the most popular late-night offerings, consistently dominating in the ratings season after season. While much of this has to do with the charisma of the man in front of the camera, it's important to remember those behind the scenes as well. With that in mind, it now seems The Tonight Show has suffered a major loss, as showrunner Josh Lieb has officially left the series.
After serving as the late-night series' showrunner for several years, Josh Lieb has decided to step down from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon after inking a deal with Universal Television, according to THR. The split seems to be amicable, as Lieb has voiced a specific desire to pursue new professional avenues that will allow him to do more writing and enjoy a better work-life balance. Although his departure is a major loss for the series, it isn't the only one in recent memory; last week, producer Gavin Purcell similarly left The Tonight Show in order to pursue opportunities elsewhere.
In the face of this massive shift, The Tonight Show has had to do some hefty shuffling behind the scenes to deal with the changes. With Josh Lieb stepping down from his role, the series has granted increased authority to producers Katie Hockmeyer, Gerard Bradford, and Mike DiCenzo.
At this point it remains incredibly unclear as to how the series will change with Josh Lieb no longer at the helm. He has played a pivotal role in the show's creative direction ever since 2013, and he is credited with much of the series' success. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has consistently dominated late-night ratings ever since Jimmy Fallon took over in 2014, and anyone following in Lieb's footsteps would definitely be wise to emulate his style.
Josh Lieb's decision to depart The Tonight Show in order to spend more time writing definitely makes sense when we consider his accomplished background. An Emmy-winning writer, he spent a number of years working for The Daily Show With Jon Stewart before taking the reigns on The Tonight Show, and he also has writing credits on iconic shows like The Simpsons and NewsRadio.
CinemaBlend will keep you posted with any and all relevant details related to this major Tonight Show shift as more information becomes available. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. EST on NBC. For now, make sure to check out our comprehensive fall TV premiere schedule for more information concerning all of the most highly anticipated fall television debuts.