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Jimmy Fallon brings The Tonight Show back to NYC

The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon got off to a great start Monday night February 17th. This was the first time the Tonight Show has aired from New York City in over 40 years. It previously was held at NBC studios in Burbank, California. Former Tonight Show host, Jay Leno, even got props in Fallon’s first monologue as host. Fallon mentioned a little quip about the former Conan debacle and thanked all of the Tonight Show hosts who came before him including Johnny Carson and Jay Leno.
Jimmy’s first guests were Will Smith and U2, but the biggest ratings grabber this week should be Friday night when Justin Timberlake drops by Jimmy’s new gig. Honestly Fallon hosting late night is no big deal. He’s had the later time slot and was an SNL staple for years. There’s really no way Jimmy can fail at this gig; it’s one of the most foolproof decisions NBC has made. Numbers like “the evolution of hip-hop dance” are made for the exact demographic NBC is trying to hit.
Fallon, who is 39, screams that he keeps up with pop culture- and that he has an immense amount of fun while doing it. More than many talk show hosts on television, Jimmy can appeal to the masses. He’s not particularly political. He’s not insulting. Jimmy Fallon is plain fun, which is why Leno fully believed Fallon would appeal to younger viewers. Really, Fallon is perfect for The Tonight Show because he appeals to a wide audience. Congrats Jimmy! We look forward to you putting America to bed weeknights!

Jimmy Fallon made his Tonight show debut, and is sure to be a success!
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