Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show


Ladies and gents, here's your new host of The Tonight Show.

Jimmy Fallon made his official and highly anticipated debut as the star of The Tonight Show on Monday evening in New York City.

"Welcome to the Tonight Show!" Fallon told the hyped-up audience. "This is the first Tonight Show broadcast from New York in over 40 years. I'm Jimmy Fallon and I'll be your host...for now," he quipped.

He continued: "Of course, I wouldn't be here tonight if it weren't for the previous Tonight Show hosts, so I want to say 'thank you' to Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno."

The funnyman reflected about his "great childhood" and expressed that if someone had told him back in high school that he would have been on Saturday Night Live and the eventual host of The Tonight Show, he would have said, "I graduated high school?"

Fallon then took a moment to introduce himself, "for those watching for the first time."

"I'm 39 years old, I live in New York City with my beautiful wife Nancy and my six-month old daughter Winnie. I love her so much. She's the best thing that ever happened to me," he gushed.

He also expressed his appreciation for his parents, Jim and Gloria Fallon, who were on-hand to watch their son.

"I wish we could've gotten you better seats," he joked. "I hope you're proud of me," Fallon added. "I know you're proud of me. Remember how proud you were when I graduated high school?"

The newly minted host then introduced his band The Roots and "announcer and sidekick" Steve Higgins.

"This is a moment in TV history," Fallon continued. "Even if I wasn't involved, I'd be so psyched to watch it. So I'm glad you're watching at home. I'm glad you're here. Because this is important. This is fun. This is what it's all about."

Fallon then gave a rundown about how each program will work: "Our show starts with the monologue for the first 10 minutes. So after your local news I'll come out from that beautiful curtain and hit this monologue mark which is a four leaf clover. I'll stand over that and read jokes off a cue card. These are jokes based off what's going on in the news. I'll make fun of everybody. Anyone I can make fun of, I will. My goal is just to make you laugh and put a smile on your face so that you go to sleep with a smile on your face and live a longer life. Isn't that the whole goal of what we're doing? To have fun?"

And with that, it was time to have some fun. The band provided a drumroll and he proceeded to tell a few jokes about the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

"And even though the Americans are doing well, Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to the U.S. Olympic headquarters, and even asked to have a drink with some of the American athletes," Fallon revealed. "Of course the athletes were like, (suspicious) 'You first.'"

As for Bob Costas' triumphant return to primetime Olympics coverage after a pesky eye infection, Fallon said, "you could tell he was having trouble, when he spent half an hour interviewing a mop he thought was Shaun White."

What did you think of Fallon's first Tonight Show? Sound off in the comments!

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