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PEOPLE's TV Critic: Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show Seems Bound for Greatness

Jimmy Fallon Makes a Winning Debut as Host of The Tonight Show

Originally posted 02/18/2014 01:10PM

I could be Fallon in love.

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Stars Pay Jimmy Fallon After Losing 'Bet' That He'd Never Host Tonight Show

Stars Pay Jimmy Fallon After Losing 'Bet' That He'd Never Host Tonight Show

Originally posted 02/18/2014 09:55AM

It seems not everyone predicted Jimmy Fallon's ascendency to The Tonight Show.

During his first show Monday, Fallon said, "To my buddy who said I'd never be the host of The Tonight Show – and you know who you are – you owe me a hundred bucks, buddy."

That prompted a seemingly never-ending string of stars to come out and begrudgingly pay Fallon his $100.

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Did Twerking Jimmy Fallon Pull Off Viral Video on First Night? | Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon Makes Tonight Show Debut with Kim Kardashian, Robert DeNiro & More

Originally posted 02/18/2014 12:00AM

A nervous-looking Jimmy Fallon took to the NBC Tonight Show stage Monday night, but quickly warmed up with the help of family and some famous friends. 

"I really don't know how I got here," Fallon, 39, said during a sentimental opening monologue for his first night at the helm of the legendary show. 

"I remember asking my parents to stay up late to watch Johnny Carson," said Fallon, whose mom and dad waved and blew kisses from the audience. "I can just think there's some kid asking their parents to stay up to watch me." 

After introducing himself to the 240-person audience, the former SNL cast member and Late Show host, backed by his house band The Roots, gave a shout-out to wife Nancy Juvonen and infant daughter Winnie, who were backstage, before warning the audience, "I'll make fun of everybody on this show."

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Kim Kardashian and Oprah Headline Star-Studded Tonight Show Farewell to Jay Leno: Watch

Originally posted 02/07/2014 09:45AM



After 22 years behind NBC's Tonight Show desk, Jay Leno said farewell Thursday night.

Leno ended his final show with a heartfelt thank you to the viewers and celebrity guests who made his job possible.

"This has been the greatest 22 years of my life," a tearful Leno said. "I got to meet presidents, astronauts, movie stars. It's just been incredible."

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Seth MacFarlane & Bill Maher Sing to Jay Leno About Rivalry with Letterman | Bill Maher, Jay Leno, Seth MacFarlane

UpdatePosted 01/30/2014 01:30PM

Seth MacFarlane and Bill Maher Sing to Jay Leno About Rivalry with Letterman: Watch Now

Originally posted 01/30/2014 11:15AM

When Seth MacFarlane and Bill Maher drop by your show to sing to you, you know you're not going to get a sentimental rendition of "The Best Is Yet to Come."

The pair said their goodbyes to Jay Leno on The Tonight Show Wednesday in swinging fashion, serenading the departing host with a song that thanked Leno for "the memories you gave," but mostly for "your rivalry with Dave [Letterman]" and "the beating that you gave."

The pair aren't referring to some previously hidden parking-lot dust-up between the two iconic late-night hosts, but rather, as Maher sings, the fact that "you crushed him in the ratings, and you'll take that to your grave!"

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PHOTOS: Jimmy Fallon Joins Restaurant's Piano Player for Beatles Sing-a-long

Jimmy Fallon Sings 'Hey Jude' in N.Y.C. Bar

Originally posted 01/29/2014 03:35PM

Jimmy Fallon is bringing The Tonight Show back to the Big Apple, and it looks like the lifelong New Yorker is enjoying staying rooted in the city.

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In a Pickle: Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers Pass the Late Night 'Torch'

UpdatePosted 01/29/2014 12:00PM

Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers Pass the Late Night Torch – in Hilarious Fashion

Originally posted 01/29/2014 09:00AM

Seth Meyers is preparing to take the reins of Late Night from Jimmy Fallon when the latter moves to The Tonight Show, and Fallon had his successor on the show Tuesday night for an important tradition: the passing of the Late Night pickle.

This isn't just Fallon being Fallon, however: Apparently it's a real, longstanding Late Night tradition. David Letterman's staff gave the pickle to Conan O'Brien when he inherited the show, and O'Brien gave it to Fallon when he took over.

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Jimmy Fallon Would Love to Be a 'Punk Rock' Postal Worker | Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon Would Love to Be a 'Punk Rock' Postal Worker

Originally posted 01/28/2014 09:00AM

Just so you know, Jimmy Fallon has a fallback idea, a Plan B if taking over The Tonight Show, his dream showbiz job, doesn't work out.

In an interview with himself, for the March Men's Health, the smartly comedic Fallon, 39, offers a charming heart-to-heart chat, noting he's ready to become a mail carrier – he already took the test – if his historic gig on the NBC talk show falls apart when he takes over for Jay Leno on Feb. 17.

In addition to wearing shorts in the summer, "You also get to drive that vehicle that should be illegal in the United States where the steering wheel is on the other side," Fallon says gleefully of the government perks of going postal. "They have no rules. They are the punk rock of government jobs."

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Who Does Jimmy Fallon Credit as His Guru?

Jimmy Fallon: Mentor Lorne Michaels 'Helped Me With Everything'

Originally posted 01/08/2014 07:30AM

Jimmy Fallon takes over The Tonight Show next month, yet the still-humble late-night host makes it clear who deserves the biggest thank-you for his success: Saturday Night Live mentor Lorne Michaels.

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