There’s another player in NBC’s game of late-night thrones.
Amid reports that Jay Leno is being ousted for a second time from “The Tonight Show” in favor of Jimmy Fallon, who would succeed him as the host in 2014, NBC will have another late-night job opening available.
Meyers, a longtime NBC player as headwriter and “Weekend Update” anchor for “Saturday Night Live,” is the frontrunner as far as Lorne Michaels is concerned, and his opinion counts for a lot, considering he’s the executive producer of both “SNL” and Fallon’s “Late Night.”
“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,” a source told The Post.
Meyers was a frontrunner once before when he was in contention to co-host “Live!” alongside Kelly Ripa, before the job ultimately went to Michael Strahan, but it’s clear that Meyers is ready to move on from “SNL.”
NBC has not confirmed any of its plans surrounding its latest late-night shake-up, but it’s been widely reported that the network intends to have the younger-skewing Fallon take over “The Tonight Show” next year (despite the fact that Leno is still on top in the ratings) and move the show to the East Coast. A bold move that’s said to be inspired, at least in part, by ABC’s success with moving “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to 11:35 p.m. earlier this year.