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Jimmy Fallon Powers Tonight Show Debut With Stars Like Tina Fey, U2 (LA Times / Show Tracker)
Heeeere’s Jimmy! Jimmy Fallon made his debut Monday as the new host of The Tonight Show in an inaugural broadcast that was heavy on star power and sought to capitalize on the franchise’s new digs in New York City after 42 years on the West Coast. Variety Rather than brag about the entire affair, Fallon, clad in a two-buttoned gray suit and black tie, approached his initial turn as host of NBC’s venerable Tonight Show with humility during a taping on early Monday evening. He talked to the audience as if many hadn’t watched him during his slightly less than five-year tenure on Late Night. He pointed out his parents sitting in the studio audience. And he told Will Smith, the first guest in what NBC dubbed “Show #0001” he was mindful of his place in the program’s long history: “This is a big deal, and it’s a lot of pressure,” he said. TheWrap Fallon kicked off the first Tonight Show to broadcast from New York in 42 years with a thank you to the past hosts: “Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno.” With that quick acknowledgement of the strange machinations that led to his hosting gig and returned the show East, Fallon got down to making a play for the biggest, broadest audience in late night. Hip-hop figured heavily in the mix: The Roots, his house band, is the first hip-hop group to anchor the most iconic show in late night. Capital New York NBC says that aircraft engine builder, kitchen appliance-maker and former NBC owner General Electric will be a launch sponsor of the new Tonight Show as it debuted Monday. As part of the deal, G.E. will sponsor a recurring segment on the show called “Tonight Show Fallonventions,” in which Fallon presents fun inventions created by kids. NYT NBC and its corporate parent, Comcast, have made a significant investment in reclaiming the Tonight Show for New York, though executives declined to give a figure beyond that it was many millions of dollars. The move brings with it jobs, not only on the show itself, but in related tourism businesses. TVNewser Before he left for Sochi, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams sat down with Fallon, who talks about the excitement of bringing the Tonight Show back to New York.