Rumors are spreading that NBC is looking to replace Conan Oâ€™Brian with Jerry Seinfeld due to The Tonight Showâ€™s low ratings. Well we want to know… is Jerry interested in this job?
On June 1st of this year, Conan Oâ€™Brian took over the â€śTonight Showâ€ť from Jay Leno in a bold move by NBC after almost 17 years with Leno at the helm. Conanâ€™s ratings were high, as expected, when he took over The Tonight Show and it seemed he would continue the Lenoâ€™s tradition of outpacing David Lettermanâ€™s â€śLate Night.â€ť However, only 9 days after the takeover, Letterman outpaced The Tonight Showâ€™s viewer ratings and they have been back and forth ever since. Read more and see video belowâ€¦
Now, latest rumors indicate that the heads of NBC are not happy with the situation and are looking to replace Conan with none other than Jerry Seinfeld. Look at it from NBCâ€™s point of view: the show has lost over 50% of its viewing base in a little under 12 months! If the trend continues, Conan will have to jog back to LA (recall the first show began with Conan jogging all the way to New York to get to his new set). In Conanâ€™s defense, Lenoâ€™s Tonight Show was set up for a completely different demographic. So maybe heâ€™s just lost the older crowd and is building a younger base? Only time will tell.
The truth of it is, NBC would have to be completely off their rocker if they arenâ€™t at least fishing for alternatives. Jerry Seinfeld though? Iâ€™d love the move, but it seems like a long shot at best. Since the rumors have surfaced, no one has heard from Seinfeld about his side of the story. The last we heard of his plans, post his show, was when he was actually on Letterman! He has had a long relationship with NBC, but I just don’t see him committing to that unless he was compensated VERY well! Iâ€™d still love to see Jerry up there thoughâ€¦
See this video below of Jerry Seinfeld discussing his “plans to do nothing” on Letterman: