It's as official as it's going to get: Jay Leno is stepping down from The Tonight Show again and Jimmy Fallon will be replacing him, though we've all been here before. The switch is expected to happen during NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics next year, and will bring The Tonight Show back to New York City under Lorne Michaels as Executive Producer. Will it all go down smoothly, or are we in for another round of late night wars?
When it was announced last year that Lorne Michaels was producing a MacGruber movie based on the minute-long MacGuyver parody sketch, many in the media expected a disaster of It's Pat proportions. However, having loved the criminally underrated Brothers Solomon, we couldn't wait to see what star/co-writer Will Forte could come up with for a follow-up. Sure enough, the crudely hilarious MacGruber Twitter account (where he brags about which celebrities he's "jerked it" to) seemed to vindicate our belief that this wasn't going to be a typical SNL adaptation. However, even we were shocked at what the MacGruber marketing team posted yesterday: fully nude, very NSFW, "early modeling pics" of their main character.
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We've previously reported that the Facebooking hordes successfully petitioned SNL to get Betty White to host. Mow, we've got a date: May 8th, the night before Mother's Day.
USA Today is reporting that Betty White will be hosting the May 8 broadcast of Saturday Night Live after refusing the spot for years. White, whose legendary status has persisted to a younger generation through her role in The Proposal, playing beer pong with Jimmy Fallon, and, yes, those Golden Girls reruns on Lifetime, became the center of a Facebook campaign to get her to host after the debut of her new Snickers ad during the Super Bowl. And Lorne Michaels couldn’t sound happier about it: