A woman will continue to call the shots on The Tonight Show. Veteran Late Night With Jimmy Fallon writer Amy Ozols has been named producer of the upcoming The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which will premiere in February. The Tonight Show is reverting to its former title, used for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson before “starring” was replaced by “with” for hosts Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien. Ozols will produce the show, which will originate from NBC‘s 30 Rock in New York, while Lorne Michaels serves as executive producer.
“Amy Ozols has been with Jimmy since the very beginning of Late Night,” Michaels said. “She is brilliant. I think she is the right choice to lead The Tonight Show into the future.” Added Fallon, “It’s been so fun working with Amy these past four years — she’s been a standout writer and producer since we started Late Night.”
Tonight Show has a tradition of female producers at the helm — Debbie Vickers has been the longtime executive producer on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Ozols, a Harvard/Harvard Law School graduate and Harvard Lampoon alum, has been a writer for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon since the show’s premiere in 2009. She has written and produced some of the most popular Late Night parodies — including those on the Real Housewives franchise, Glee (“6-bee”) and Game Of Thrones (“Game of Desks”) — as well as numerous other pieces including Fallon’s well-received opening to the 2010 Emmy Awards.