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Jimmy Fallon Sets Will Smith, U2 As First Guests On ‘Tonight Show’


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Jimmy Fallon has settled on Will Smith and U2 as the guests for his Feb. 17 debut on ‘The Tonight Show.”
Fallon was low-key and looked a little tired Sunday as he discussed plans for the regime change at the latenight institution. He’s been in regular contact with his predecessor Jay Leno, who gave him an important piece of advice.
“He said ‘You have to make your monologue longer,’ ” Fallon said. On “Late Night” Fallon’s monologues have been running three to four minutes; Leno’s run about nine to 10. Leno impressed upon Fallon the importance to covering a good slice of the day’s big news.
Fallon said he intends to continue to do the taped skits and bits that have been a highlight of his five-year tenure on “Late Night.” Moving the show back to New York was a priority for him, but he said he intends to travel to Los Angeles at least twice a year.
Most of all, when pressed to define the difference of what he’ll do on “Tonight” versus “Late Night,” Fallon emphasized that he wanted to keep the “Tonight Show” a light, fun experience for viewers.
“It should be goofy and funny and make people laugh,” Fallon said. “That’s our job. …I wish Steve Allen and Johnny Carson were still around to see what we’re doing to do with the show.”
“Tonight” producer Josh Lieb noted that Fallon has never been accused to being too hip for the room, which should serve him well in making the move to 11:35 p.m.
“He’s the least exclusive comedian I know,” Lieb said. “He wants everyone to laugh with him.”
This should be fun! :sFi_yeeha:
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Jimmy Fallon has announced the first guest when he takes the “Tonight Show” helm will be Will Smith.
The musical guest will be U2.
After “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” panel at the Television Critics Association Winter Tour on Sunday, Jimmy explained to AccessHollywood.com why he picked Will as his first guest.
“He’s a big Hollywood star and he always brings it every time he goes on a talk show and I just think he always — he’s very entertaining and I think it’s a good mix with him and U2,” Jimmy told Access.
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thanks for sharing, looking forward to that

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I like that FP will be on there when there's a rating surge. I also like that Jimmy Fallon respects his music...I smell something musical happening that evening.

I could care less in terms of everything else...lol. I don't think Jimmy is funny or very talented. Pretty similar to how I feel about Leno. I'm actually bummed that FP hasn't been on Arsenio again. They go way back...it just doesn't make sense.

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