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Howard Stern: The Tonight Show Will Be "the Greatest" When I Take Over

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Late Night? Not a big enough deal for Howard Stern. But The Tonight Show? He's ready to move right in.

"I've already contacted [Matt Lauer] about how I'm taking over The Tonight Show," the radio icon and America's Got Talent judge joked today on his Sirius XM morning radio show, a week after he called the very idea of him taking over Jimmy Fallon's post-Tonight Show slot "an insult."

"This is going to be the greatest Tonight Show ever," Stern continued.

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"The guys are going to love it. Maybe not the women demos...but I'm going to deliver a hundred share of the men [in the ratings]," the shock jock cracked. 

"Everybody's staying up that night!" exclaimed longtime wingwoman Robin Quivers.

"That's why Greenblatt said, 'You've got to take over the show,'" Stern continued, referring to NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt.

While Stern has never missed a chance to slam Jay Leno, the latest Tonight Show commentary comes on the heels of reports (which have so far been denied) that NBC executives are planning to announce Leno's retirement once his contract expires next year, making Fallon a frontrunner to replace him.

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