On Feb. 17, history was made as Jimmy Fallon began what will hopefully be a long tenure as the host of ‘The Tonight Show.’ Find out what happened when ‘The Tonight Show’ returned to New York City!
Jimmy Fallon made his heartfelt, hilarious debut as host of The Tonight Show on Feb. 17, and we couldn’t be more obsessed. Find out what happened when Jimmy and his numerous famous friends — like, of course, Kim Kardashian — hit the stage below!
‘The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon’ Premiere — Kim Kardashian & More Drop By
Jimmy began the night with a heartfelt monologue that also basically recapped how he plans to host the show. Of course, he also managed to get some digs in at the show’s recently sordid history.
“I’ll be your host — for now,” he said, clearly referencing the Conan O’Brien fiasco of 2010. Then he sweetly thanked his wife, his six-month old daughter, his parents — who were in the audience! — and his house band The Roots, before going into how much the gig meant to him.
“I remember asking my parents to stay up late to watch Johnny Carson,” Jimmy said. “I can just think there’s some kid asking their parents to stay up to watch me.”
It was sweet to watch Jimmy bask in the glory of reliving his ultimate childhood dream, but even better to watch his get revenge on all of the friends who doubted him — and therefore owed him $100 bucks. “You owe me $100 bucks, buddy,” Jimmy said to his “friend.”
Who was that friend, you ask? Well, first Robert DeNiro came through the curtain and begrudgingly handed Jimmy a $100 dollar bill, followed by a line of other mega-stars including Tina Fey, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker, Seth Rogan, Rudy Giuliani, Joe Namath, Lindsay Lohan, Mariah Carey, Joan Rivers, Tracey Morgan, Stephen Colbert — who delivered the goods in change, and offered up a “Welcome to 11:30, bitch!” in welcome — and Mike Tyson. It was an amazing line-up, but one can’t help but wonder — where the heck was Justin Timberlake?!
Tonight Show’ — Will Smith Busts A Move & U2 Perform
For Jimmy’s first bit, he did a hilarious, ’90s-heavy evolution of dance routine with Will — who was in full Fresh Prince attire — then U2 took the stage on the roof for an amazing rendition of “Invisible” that truly captured the excitement of the show coming back to New York City.
“People are coming because of your heart,” Will said, before going into the advice he gives his kids Jaden and Willow Smith, who are up-and-coming stars themselves. “Keep loving people. Make sure with your art; your art is a gift to people.”
Next U2 took the couch, where they discussed Jimmy’s Irish heritage. “We think positively of the potato famine when Jimmy comes into the situation,” said Bono.
Fallon asked the band to close the show with an acoustic version of their song, “Ordinary Love” in studio, then Bono pointed out that the performance was not unplanned.
What did you think of Jimmy’s first show, HollywoodLifers? Is he your guy, or are you devastated over losing Jay Leno? Vote in our poll and let us know! (And if you are devastated over losing Jay — thanks for reading my stuff, Grandma!)
— Shaunna Murphy
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