Sagaponack’s Jimmy Fallon begins his much anticipated run as host of NBC’s The Tonight Show at midnight, following Monday’s Winter Olympics coverage. Fallon, who has been counting down the days on The Tonight Show‘s Facebook page, brings his former Late Night band The Roots with him to the big show, which will now film in New York City’s legendary Studio 6B, rather than Los Angeles where his predecessor Jay Leno was based.
“We are so excited over here!” Fallon wrote in his blog on Monday, adding, “We’ve been working on a lot of really cool surprises and tonight we’ll finally get to share them with you.”
The host will be joined by guests Will Smith and U2 for his first episode, along with more big surprises…”you never know who might stop by,” Fallon wrote, hinting at much more than his already huge lineup. “We always have a lot of fun when Will is here and it doesn’t get bigger than U2! They may just blow the roof off our new studio.”
Along with Monday’s festivities, Fallon has some fellow Hamptonites and Hamptons visitors scheduled to appear this week, including Jerry Seinfeld and Lady Gaga on Tuesday, Bradley Cooper on Wednesday and First Lady Michelle Obama on Thursday!
Fans of Fallon can expect the same silliness (and plenty of cuff and tie adjusting) on his new show, though he’s looking to add some “class and glamour,” in keeping with The Tonight Show‘s legacy.
With no more days to count down until his big debut, Fallon sent his mug featuring the new logo on an hour-by-hour tour of New York, the show’s new home, on Monday. As of 3:55 p.m., the mug had traveled to the Brooklyn Bridge, Katz’s Deli, Washington Square Park, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park. You can follow the mug here.
While NBC’s Olympics coverage will push Fallon’s new Tonight Show to the midnight hour this week, the program will regularly air weeknights at 11:35 p.m.
Watch the video below to see more about what’s happening on the first week of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon!