“The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” is being accused of only having guests on the currently high-rated nighttime talk show if the guests agree to not appear on another network for three months. This allegedly is the agreement for morning shows as well as the nighttime competition for Jimmy Fallon’s show, according to a Yahoo! News report on Thursday evening.
According to TheWrap - the media source of which the anonymous source spoke with - NBC has been promising packages to the big stars. Allegedly, NBC is telling these stars that they will get to appear on “Today,” “The Voice,” and even an appearance on the “Nightly News” as part of the deal.
The anonymous source says that there is nothing really all that unusual about networks trying to get guests to book themselves exclusively with them, but it is said that NBC is going to the extreme with this.
Part of the concern is that “The Tonight Show” moved to New York City when Jimmy Fallon took over for Jay Leno, and there is a lot of competition to get guests right now in New York.
It is also believed that the “big name stars” can’t be tied down to such a deal. Therefore, lesser-known guests may be the only ones affected.