According to KSL, Fallon stayed true to his “Late Night” formula, while remaining “funny, gracious, bubbly and, above all, comfortable presiding over a show that [is] different mostly for its earlier time slot, its classier production values, and legendary brand name.”
He had big names booked for the show, including Will Smith and U2, as well as some surprise guests.
Fallon’s band from “Late Night” has grown two more members, and the setup of the stage has grown as well.
Sitting down at his desk, Fallon made what seemed like a side comment, saying, “To my buddy who said that I’d never be the host of ‘The Tonight Show’ – and you know who you are – you owe me a hundred bucks, buddy.” After that, none other than Robert De Niro walked through the curtain a set $100 on Fallon’s desk.
Following De Niro in a rapid succession, Joe Namath, Rudolph Giuliani, Lindsay Lohan, Lady Gaga, Mike Tyson, Stephen Colbert, and Sarah Jessica Parker walked on stage.
One other big name celebrity was Joan Rivers, who had made her first national appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” 49 years earlier.
At the end of the night, Jimmy Fallon told his viewers, “I just want to do the best I can and take care of this show for a while. If you guys let me stick around long enough, maybe I’ll get the hang of it.”