Jimmy Fallon Kicks off The Tonight Show with a Powerful Premier

Fallon collects on bet that "He would Never Host the Tonight Show" from Colbert, Tyson, Jessica Parker, Lohan, DeNiro, Rogan and Gaga

After much anticipation, Jimmy Fallon took his reigns as the new host of the Tonight Show last night in a broadcast that was filled with fun and unexpected surprises. Fallon was more than happy to bring the Tonight Show back to New York City, where it first began, after having been on the West Coast for 42 years.

The broadcast opened with a sequence directed by Spike Lee which featured Fallon night-crawling through famous New York landmarks. The audience cheered in excitement as Fallon entered his newly renovated, sophisticated set which is now in 30 Rockefeller Plaza’s Studio 6b. It is just a few steps away from his former Late Night set just down the hall. He remained funny and comfortable as he introduced himself, his house band The Roots, and announcer Steve Higgins. Graciously, he stated “To think there’s going to be a kid out there asking their parents to stay up to watch me, it just means a lot to me…I just want to do the best I can and take care of this show for a while and if you guys let me stick around long enough, maybe I’ll get the hang of it.” And with that, he kicked off a star-studded debut filled with some of Hollywood’s biggest names.

Before introducing any guest, Jimmy did a segment that included a long list of celebrities strolling onto his set to hand him 100 dollar bills for having “lost a bet” that he’d never become the host of the Tonight Show. Robert DeNiro, Tina Fey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mike Tyson, Tracy Morgan, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Joan Rivers, Seth Rogan, Lindsay Lohan, and
Stephen Colbert all stopped by to take part in the funny segment that had the audience in a thunderous applause.

With few drastic changes and staying true to his “Late Night” program, Fallon gave the audience a good laugh with “Tonight Superlatives” featuring Olympic athletes and the ”Evolution of Hip Hop Dancing” with his first guest, Will Smith. The show’s most exciting moment was when he kicked off his first musical performance with U2 as they played their new song “Invisible”, with some help from Rutgers Marching Band, 70 stories above the city on the roof of 30 Rockefeller Center to a crowd that seemed more than excited to be part of the rooftop performance. Fans of U2 were in for a treat as Jimmy asked them to close the show with an acoustic version of their Academy Award nominated song “Ordinary Love” with The Roots later joining in on the fun. Viewers and fans of the Tonight Show can now rest assured knowing that it’s in the hands of a genuinely humble and talented host whose goal is to “make you laugh so you go to sleep with a smile on your face and live a longer life.”

Jimmy is set to continue his premier week with guests Justin Timberlake, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Kristen Wiig, among others, on NBC starting at 11:35 PM ET/PT.


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Daisy Urgiles

Daisy Urgiles is a Junior at Montclair State University majoring in Broadcasting and minoring in Communication Studies.