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February 18th, 2014
Jimmy Fallon became the sixth host of The Tonight Show last night and moved the late night program back to New York City for the first time in 42 years. The former host of Late Night brought many familiar faces with him to the new timeslot in studio 6B, including his house band The Roots and sidekick Steve Higgins.
The night started off in typical Fallon fashion, with a lot of genuine emotion and humour. Fallon introduced himself to viewers that may not be familiar with his work on SNL and Late Night, and thanked his family, including his parents who were in the audience, for their support. Holding back tears at times, Fallon showed that he understood the significance of taking over the iconic show, eventually changing gears to present his opening monologue, which of course including a timely skit on the ongoing Winter Olympics.
Fallon again thanked his fans and family for their support, noting that ‘his buddy’ had bet him $100 that he would never host The Tonight Show and better pay up. ‘Buddies’ would have been a more appropriate word.
The skit featured some of today’s biggest celebs, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Lindsay Lohan, Robert DeNiro and Fallon’s former SNL castmates Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan. Steven Colbert welcomed Fallon to his new timeslot of 11:30, but the most notable appearance was from Joan Rivers, who has been famously banned from The Tonight Show since 1987 after a falling out with former host Johnny Carson. That part made me tear up a bit. Fallon wouldn’t pull that crap.
Fallon gave new viewers a taste of what to expect with one of his famous ‘evolution’ videos, this time going through The Evolution of Hip Hop Dancing with his first guest, Will Smith.
A rooftop performance by U2, followed by an interview with the band and movie star Will Smith rounded out an outstanding first night as The Tonight Show host. Fallon has set the tone to continue his role as the late night host with the most creative and exciting segments with guests, getting people off the couch and laughing.
As Jimmy eloquently put during his monologue, “I just want to do the best I can and take care of this show for a while. If you guys let me stick around long enough, maybe I’ll get the hang of it.”
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