CLAIM: Chelsea Handler Wants to “Steal” Tonight Show” Away From Jimmy Fallon

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By Michael Lewittes

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“Furious Chelsea Targets Fallon,” begins a piece in the current issue of the National Enquirer, which goes on to claim, “Chelsea Handler has launched a ‘cold war’ against incoming ‘Tonight Show’ host Jimmy Fallon — because she’s determined to steal the job away from him!”

According to the supermarket tabloid’s so-called “insiders,” the “Chelsea Lately” host “thought she’d be taking over Jay Leno’s late-night role after he retires next year, and she’s now on a mission to make sure Jimmy’s not in that job for long.” What’s more, says on supposed “insider,” Leno told his “bosses he saw [Handler] as his replacement,” and assured the comedienne “many times that he thought she’d be behind the big desk one day.” But when NBC announced Fallon in April as the new host of the “Tonight Show,” says the magazine, Handler became “furious.” Now, claims the Enquirer, Handler is just waiting for Fallon to fail before she pounces on his job. Really?

NO. Actually, the only thing funnier than a “Tonight Show” monologue is the tab’s report. A source close to Handler tells Gossip Cop the Enquirer story is entirely “ridiculous.” Our impeccable source further points out that Handler’s humor isn’t for networks, and that she enjoys “more freedom on cable, and wouldn’t want to give that up.”

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