It’s been a few weeks since “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” was beating Stephen Colbert, and the long-running show just took another blow to its already threatened spot on the charts. Lead writer and long-time companion A.D. Miles has announced that he will be moving away from the show and pursuing film — and is even expected to produce an animated feature with Fallon.”
In a statement, Miles said, “Riding Jimmy Fallon’s coattails for the past eight years has given me all the confidence I need to strike own on my own and work on a movie with Jimmy.” Fallon and Miles have been together for a storied career, as he has been the lead writer on the “The Tonight Show” since Fallon took over. In a statement to Vulture, the host thanked his friend, saying, “Miles was there for the launch of ‘Late Night’ as well as the launch of ‘The Tonight Show.’ He is one of the funniest, most creative people I’ve ever met […] he’s like family to us, and we are gonna miss him.”
The move comes at a rather inopportune time for the show, which seems to be trying out a more politically edgy format. And though Fallon likely has another writer to step into Miles’ shoes, it may take the show a few weeks to adjust to his absence.