NEW YORK - The wait is almost over, the much-hyped revamp of 'The Tonight Show' with host Jimmy Fallon will debut Monday, February 17, immediately following 9NEWS at 10 p.m.
The 39-year-old says the show will pretty much be what viewers have been accustomed to watching "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" over the years. One major change, the location of the show. For the first time since 1972 "The Tonight Show" will originate where it started, New York City. "Which is fun. In the exact same studio. Not the same city, not the same building. The same studio in the building," he said.
Jay Leno stepped down as host after 22 years, and has been guiding Fallon through the PR transition, unlike the "Conan" issue a few years ago, Leno and Fallon are friends and have been interviewed together the last few weeks, leading up to Fallon's debut.
When the two are asked about the inevitable scrutiny the first few weeks, Fallon says he is prepared for being under the microscope? saying "Yeah, Totally ready for that. I know it's going to happen," he said.
"I'm starting (the criticism) on that the day after," joked Leno. Fallon says the criticism is expected saying "They all do that. That's the funny thing. There's always somebody mad about something. You know, that happened to Johnny [in] 1969. Somebody sent me an article, When's Paar coming back? Johnny brings out these bimbo actresses and so and so, and Jack Paar spoke to Orson Welles. So there's always somebody mad, you have to do what you do."
Fallon has been called one of the most refreshing voices in late night TV and that was clear on a recent visit to the 9NEWS studios.
Joking around with anchors Adele Arakawa and Kyle Clark. Who can forget the infamous "Button Incident?"
While shooting a promo he enthusiastically ran around the set demonstrating his physical comedy, losing a button on his suit jacket in the process. Anchor Adele Arakawa sewed it back on for him. The story and photo's went viral on 9News.com
Jimmy Fallon's guests for premier week include:
Monday, February 17 - Will Smith and U2
Tuesday, February 18 - Jerry Seinfeld, Kristin Wig, Lady Gaga
Wednesday, February 19 - Bradley Cooper, Tim McGraw
Thursday, February 20 - First Lady Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell, Arcade Fire
Friday, February 21 - Justin Timberlake
An all-new "The Tonight Show" App is available here: http://bit.ly/1kLkBE9
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