Late Night with Jimmy
Braiker, Brian, Newsweek
Byline: Brian Braiker
Last Week NBC Announced--as if we didn't know already--that Jimmy Fallon will succeed Conan O'Brien as host of "Late Night" when O'Brien kicks Jay Leno out of "The Tonight Show" next year. Fallon spoke to Brian Braiker:
Do you prefer Conan with the beard or without?
I liked Beardo Conan.
Are you tapping him for help?
Completely. I'm going to stalk him. Just sit in the crowd for as many shows as I can.
Are you prepared for a backlash?
I know I'm going to get hit. You can't please everybody and you shouldn't try to. There's people on the Internet who don't like Gandhi.
Who's your favorite latenight host?
Jack Paar, Jack Benny. I'm taking notes from everyone I can. I didn't realize how much I like Steve Allen. Letterman got a lot from him. He would lay in a bowl and have them make a banana split with him in the bowl; Letterman had the suit with all the Alka-Seltzer on it and jumped into the water.
Will you still do movies?
I don't want to do movies anymore, to be honest. I want to be able to have a life as well, but I don't think I will. I was talking to somebody and he said, "If you're really good at this job, you do it till you die." It's kind of like the pope: that last pope, it was like "Weekend at Bernie's. …