Jimmy Fallon by Stephen Lovekin/WireImage.com
It's a good thing
is used to working late, because when
as host of
The Tonight Show
in 2009, the
alum is likely to replace O'Brien as host of
. "He is at the top of our short list," admitted NBC's late-night prez Rick Ludwin, adding that we shouldn't start holding our breath for an announcement until early '08.
Fallon has also gotten a vote of confidence from his former Weekend Update coanchor,
. He's really funny and loves to talk to people," she observed. "It must be that Irish charm."
If nothing else, he'd certainly give
a run for the up-past-bedtime
Tuesday's Today's News was written by Ben Katner.