Jay Leno, 63
Jay Leno closes out his show with Billy Crystal and Garth Brooks as his last guests. Billy Crystal Leno's first guest twenty-two years ago. Jimmy Fallon will be a guest on the next to last night. NBC's entertainment president, Robert Greenblatt, said he'd like to keep Leno at NBC, perhaps to host regular specials. Leno has reported said he never spent any money earned from the "Tonight" job. He said he has lived off of his other engagements. In fact, the day after his departure from the "Tonight with Jay Leno," he will perform at a comedy club.
Jimmy Fallon, 39
Jimmy Fallon debuts a week's worth of shows at midnight following NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics. He moves into his regular time slot a week later. On Feb. 17, Fallon's "Tonight" show will have actor Will Smith and U2 as his first guests. Fallon said he doesn't expect to change his brand of comedy to tailor himself to an earlier time slot. "Tonight" will move from California to New York.
The formal title of the show is changing from the "Tonight Show With Jay Leno" to the "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." Fallon said it was an homage to the show's roots.
Meyers is the current head writer of "Saturday Night Live," and he is bringing the author of his "SNL" ''Weekend Update" segments over to lead his own writing team.
Meyers said he's looking to build a stable of writer-performers and that a strong monologue will be key to his show. He won't have a regular sidekick and hasn't decided whether he will have a band or DJ for musical interludes.
Meyers said the legacy of "Late Night" is that hosts get to do weird things and that people have a little more patience with it.
It really won't matter much who you watch because these hosts are talented and will bring a lot of creativity to their audiences.