NY Times’ Arts & Leisure Interview
Jimmy Fallon was interviewed by Bill Carter last night (January 8, 2010) for NY Times’ Arts and Leisure Weekend at the Times Center. It was for an hour and a half and he covered subjects of his stand up comedy, SNL, Late Night, the NBC time change, and more.
The late-shifting at NBC may send Jay Leno back to 11:35 and push Conan to midnight (or another network) but at least Jimmy Fallon isn’t pissed about doing his show a half hour later. “I’ll do my show at 3 in the morning,” Fallon told New York Times reporter Bill Carter during a talk at the Times’ Arts & Leisure Weekend last night. “I’m just happy I have a job.” Fallon pointed out that his younger, DVR-loving audience doesn’t watch him play beer pong with Betty White in real time anyway. “Time doesn’t really matter to me,” he said. “We’re in a different age. Time is like… I don’t even know what time ‘Jersey Shore’ is on. It doesn’t matter – I’ll see it.” Unlike the rest of America, Fallon claimed he was actually rooting for the The Jay Leno Show.
“I wanted it to work. Obviously there are problems… too many talk shows? There might be too many.” Fallon said he doesn’t know any more than we do about what’s going to happen to NBC’s lineup – but he did get a phone call from Leno yesterday/Friday. “Jay said, ‘Hey, just checking in.’ He’s always been great to me and he’s a classy guy.” Conan, on the other hand, has not called – and Fallon understands. “It’s just a lot going on with the whole half hour thing and a lot of it is just messy stuff I’m so happy I’m not involved with.”