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Howard Stern to take over Jimmy Fallon's 'Late Night' in 2014?

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Howard Stern is reportedly being groomed by NBC to join its late-night comedy line-up.

Reports emerged this week that NBC will likely announced in May that Jay Leno will depart The Tonight Show for good next year, to be replaced by Jimmy Fallon.

Howard Stern at The Ed Sullivan Theater for 'The Late Show with David Letterman'.
New York City

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Howard Stern at 'Letterman' taping

Jimmy Fallon at a book signing for his new wbook 'Thank You Notes' at Barnes and Noble

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Jimmy Fallon at a book signing



This move would leave a vacancy at the 12.35am slot, which is currently occupied by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

High-level television industry sources are cited in a PageSix article as claiming that NBC bosses see America's Got Talent judge Stern as the ideal host for Late Night.

His wife Beth Stern appeared to lend credence to the rumour by telling the newspaper that she has tried to convince Howard to move into the television talkshow format for years.

Howard Stern attends the 'America's Got Talent' New Orleans auditions as a judge at UNO Lakefront Arena on March 4, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Howard Stern attends the 'America's Got Talent' New Orleans auditions



"I always say [it] to him! He is one of the best interviewers out there," Beth declared, adding: "I am going to [convince him]."

It is not yet clear how a regular talkshow would affect Stern's radio show or his commitments to America's Got Talent.

He has previously had several series air in late-night, including pitting his Howard Stern Radio Show in direct competition with Saturday Night Live from 1998 to 2001.

Stern's spokesperson would not comment on rumours of a deal with NBC, while a spokesperson for the Peacock Network could not be reached.
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