While both Jay Leno and Tina Fey have been mentioned as potential candidates to replace David Letterman on the Late Show, neither is likely to do so.
NBCU CEO Steve Burke recently came out and suggested that both were contractually free to take the job if they so inclined, but hinted such a move would be rather unlikely.
Burke said he believes Fey is “very happy” making movies, as well as shows for NBC. He said NBC continues to be in talks with Leno about a series of specials. NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt has previously said he hopes to keep Leno in the NBC fold.
In addition, Fey would have to go up against her former SNL castmate and good friend Jimmy Fallon, which she probably wouldn’t be overly thrilled with. The same could be said for Leno who who heavily endorsed as his successor.
So while both Fey and Leno would end up both being fantastic selections to replace Letterman when the time comes, it simply doesn’t look as if either will be putting their hat in the ring when push comes to shove.