If the widespread reports that Jimmy Fallon will succeed Conan O’Brien as host of “Late Night” next year are true, this will mark a major departure from the last time NBC found a new host for the show.
People have heard of Jimmy Fallon. And the former “Saturday Night Live” cast member has experience as a television performer.
Nobody had heard of Conan O’Brien back in 1993. And he had no experience as a television performer.