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Jimmy Fallon's Debut Tonight Show Was a Spike Lee Joint

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Seeing how Jimmy Fallon has brought The Tonight Show back to New York, it only makes sense that the new host would hire a filmmaker strongly associated with the Big Apple to helm the late-night progam's opening title sequence.

Well, the guy did just that in the form of none other than Spike Lee.

Not surprising, the city that never sleeps is clearly highlighted—with shots of such iconic landmarks as the Empire State Building and Radio City Music Hall—as Fallon is seen making his way into the NBC studios.

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Sure enough, at one point during Fallon's debut on Monday evening, he mentioned that the opening was a "Spike Lee Joint," which is how the director himself refers to all his projects.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon debuted to 11.3 million viewers and a 3.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Fallon's first guests were Will Smith and U2, along with countless cameos, including appearances by Tina Fey, Mariah Carey, Stephen Colbert, Joan Rivers and Kim Kardashian.

Meanwhile, come Feb. 24, Saturday Night Live alum Seth Meyers will take over as host of Late Night, now that Fallon has moved on.

(E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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