On Friday, February 8th, Jimmy Fallon hosted his last episode of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon". You won't have time to miss him too much because on Monday the 17th, Jimmy will take over as host of "The Tonight Show". Fallon received a standing ovation from his audience and reminisced throughout the episode. The staff had calcaulated that he had delivered over 10,000 monologue jokes and performed over 200 sketches during his 969 episodes.
Jimmy thanked many people even before his popular "Thank You Notes" bit. He showed heartfelt gratitude to his staff, crew, Steve Higgins, The Roots, and fans. He also explained that he was indebted to David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, and Max Weinberg for making the "Late Night" franchise a great institution to be a part of. Jimmy congratulated Seth Meyers who will be taking it over on February 24th.
Both during the monologue and the extensive thank you list, Fallon was very choked up and on the verge of blubbering. When his final guest, Andy Samberg, came out for the interview, his first words were, "You got to pull it together, man." Jimmy admitted to being an Irish mush.
Fallon explained that when Jack Paar was doing his show in the same studio, two young talents named Jim Henson and Frank Oz painted some pipes backstage and the results were very Muppet-like. The pipes are still in Studio 6A, so Jimmy thought it apropos to have The Muppets join him for one last song. Fallon played drums and sang The Band song, "The Weight" with The Muppets. Finally he walked off the stage and went across the hall to his new studio that will be home to "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon".