Chelsea Handler Wants to Replace Jimmy Fallon as 'Tonight Show' Host?

By Rudy Cecera ( | Dec 02, 2015 09:21 AM EST
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Unlike his predecessor, NBC's Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon has not endured any controversy, personal or professional, from his network counterparts. In fact, lately his biggest obstacle has been himself. As Star magazine reported, in the last few months, Fallon, 41, has had several accidents including ripping his finger off, chipping his tooth and cutting his hand open by falling on the glass of a broken liquor bottle. Speculation has since run rampant that the cause of the former SNL alum's problems is not clumsiness, but alcohol, and comedienne Chelsea Handler is taking full advantage of the boozy buzz in hopes of becoming The Tonight Show's first female host.

According to Radar Online, "Handler is waiting in the wings and ready to swoop in to take over Jimmy Fallon's job," said an insider who added, "Chelsea is rubbing her hands together with glee over Fallon's fall from grace."

Handler, 40, was close to Jay Leno and she appeared two dozen times under his reign at The Tonight Show  causing some to believe he was grooming her to take over, not Fallon. She of course had the experience having hosted her own late night talk show Chelsea Lately on E! from 2007 to 2014. She also appeared as a guest of Fallon's last year.


Although the ratings still show he's ahead of CBS' Late Show with Stephen Colbert  and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Fallon's supposed drunken antics are starting to cast a shadow on the late night dynasty and Radar reports that Handler has informed NBC she's available to take over at any time.

"She's convinced it's only a matter of time before the network starts preparing a back-up plan should Jimmy fail to rein in his boozing."

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