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'The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon' easily blends hip-hop, health, ha-has

If the past four days of "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon" are any indication of what the show will continue to be like, late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon is off to a lovely start replacing former talk show legend Jay Leno.

Will Smith visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on February 17, 2014 in New York City.
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Old school hip-hop heads got to relive their favorite '80s and '90s dances courtesy of Mr. "Summertime" Himself: rapper/actor Will Smith. While Luke and 2 Live Crew fans may still be grumbling about why twerking was way at the end of the dance-off instead of at the beginning, going down memory lane through choreography was still fun to watch. And "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" fans already know Will Smith loves to dance so this was right up his alley. Click here to see the video showing everything from pop locking to the Running Man to the Dougie.

And for the pessimists who continue to believe Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith are no longer married just because of a missing wedding ring, catch how many times he gushes over his wife during the interview after the dance-off.

Chicagoans pumped their chests out a little bit harder watching the ragtime rendition of R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)." Click here to see the hilarious, charismatic ragtime video, and click here to see the Pied Piper's original video.

And while charades fans are still trying to figure out how Tim McGraw and Bradley Cooper couldn't figure out Fallon's dead-on demonstration of the 1993 film "Cool Runnings," others were just amused by Fallon's consistent ability to still look stylish in a suit but wiggle around the floor reenacting Jamaican bobsledding.

Speaking of outfits, Will Ferrell's Olympics tuxedo outfit has taken the comedic award to another level. What's better is Ferrell has an amusing habit of acting like he's not in on the joke even if he does look like a penguin.

On the first night "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon" came on (also nicknamed "Fallon Tonight"), many celebrities showed up to congratulate him with a fake $100 bet skit. Some of the "losers" included Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Joe "Broadway Joe" Namath, Mariah Carey, Tracy Morgan, Joan Rivers, Kim Kardashian, Seth Rogen, Lindsey Lohan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mike Tyson, Lady Gaga and Stephen Colbert. Click here to see the video.

Now with all of those pats on the back (and $100 in coins), who could've topped that? None other than FLOTUS Michelle Obama, who stopped by the show on Thurs., Feb. 20, to do an "Ew!" TV skit with Fallon and comedian Ferrell. Click here to see the video. It wouldn't be the FLOTUS if she didn't find a way to incorporate the Let's Move program into the skit, but Fallon is no stranger to it considering he's previously helped her promote it through a Tug of War game last season and "The Evolution of Mom Dancing." Click here to see the latter video.

FLOTUS stuck around for an interview talking about everything from why 15-year-old Malia Obama and 12-year-old Sasha Obama try to ditch their parents, how FLOTUS is handling Malia getting ready for driver's ed, and Fallon quizzes FLOTUS on everything from her first dance to the first meal she ever cooked.

There are many late-night talk shows that are entertaining and can get the celebs, but Fallon has proven that he is still in touch with that Generation X audience that's grown to love his show. And The Roots have his back, too.

WGN's "Arsenio" is another late-night talk show that can easily blend hip-hop and Hollywood.

And, in the fall of this year, TV viewers will look forward to what the new talk show "The Real" will bring viewers, with hosts Grammy-nominated singer Tamar Braxton, actress Tamera Mowry-Housley, comedian Loni Love, fashionista Jeannie Mai and "The Cheetah Girls" star Adrienne Bailon" to add even more diversity to daytime talk shows. Don't worry. "Ellen" and "The Queen Latifah Show" are still bringing the funk, funny and soul on their shows, too. But there will finally be a group of women who knew what twerking was before pop-country artist Miley Cyrus came along.

Both late-night talk shows and daytime talk shows are blending an interesting mix of diversity, youth, legends, politics, health, comedy and fun. So who are your favorite daytime hosts and late-night hosts in 2014?

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