[TV] Final Guests Revealed For Jay Leno's Run On The Tonight Show Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.20.2014
And Jimmy Fallon's first guests...
Fox News reports that the final guests for Jay Leno's run on The Tonight Show and the first guests for Jimmy Fallon's run have been revealed.
Fallon's first show will have Will Smith and U2 as the guests. Fallon said he doesn't plan to change his comedy to go with an earlier time slot. He hosted Late Night for five years.
He said: "This show has completely changed from when I first started. I feel like we've blossomed into what will become the new 'Tonight' show."
He doesn't plan on making himself more appealing to the older, middle American audience that likes Leno. Executives at NBC previously blamed Conan O'Brien's "limited appeal" for the ratings failure of his run as the host. They think Fallon's comedy will translate better.
Leno's last show will take place on February 6 with Billy Crystal (who was also his first guest) and Garth Brooks. On February 17, Fallon will have his first week as host after NBC's coverage of The Winter Olympics. Seth Meyers will then take over Late Night with Amy Poehler as his first guest.
NBC's entertainment president Robert Greenblatt said he wants to keep Leno at NBC for possible specials. Fallon isn't worried about if Leno leaves NBC or decides to keep working in late night TV elsewhere. He said he called Leno when he got the job to let him know he wasn't trying to takeLeno's spot. They hae since spoken on a regular basis and Fallon has taken some of Leno's advice to make his monologues better.
Fallon added: "He's a good guy. He's really treated me well. [The show] should be goofy and fun and make everybody laugh. That's our job."
He will continue to show musical skits and bring in celebrities for skits or games. He recently had Bruce Springsteen show up to spoof New Jersey governor Chris Christie's bridge scandal, and alerted the office before that. While Fallon is moving The Tonight Show back to New York, he plans to tour the show by moving to Los Angeles for a couple of weeks a year.
Fallon said the title change (from Tonight Show with Jay Leno to Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon) was an homage to the show's beginning.