Campaign to bring 'Tonight Show' to Detroit

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Could "The Tonight Show" be coming to Detroit?

One Metro Detroiter certainly hopes so.

Greg Hummel, 35, started a Facebook campaign this week "Bring The Tonight Show To Detroit" in an effort to urge Jimmy Fallon to host a week of shows in the Motor City.

The Rochester resident said he started the Facebook page Monday after a friend mentioned a campaign in Niagara Falls for Fallon to broadcast the late night show there. Fallon is broadcasting this week from Los Angeles.

"I think it would bring a nice, positive national spotlight," Hummel said Friday night. "You hear a lot of negative things on the national side: the bankruptcy, crime rates. The people who live here know what a great city it is. It would be great to show the country Detroit is a great place."

As of Friday evening the campaign page had more than 11,000 likes.

"I thought it would be a slow thing that would slowly grow," Hummel said. "It's been crazy."

Even Gov. Rick Snyder, hospitalized this week for a blood clot in his leg, showed his support for the campaign Friday.

"I may be in the hospital, but I'm well enough to know that @JimmyFallon should bring the Tonight Show to Detroit!" Snyder tweeted.

Hummel said he feels the "The Tonight Show" is aware of the campaign. He hopes the campaign will draw the attention of celebrities with local ties such as Kid Rock, Eminem and Jeff Daniels.

"If it grows that way I feel they're going to say yes," he said.

Fallon took over the reins of the iconic show in 2014 following Jay Leno, who hosted it for more than two decades with Conan O'Brien taking a brief run as host.

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