In two weeks, Jay Leno will end his two-decade run as host of the “Tonight Show” with “Late Night’s” Jimmy Fallon taking over the coveted time-slot.
But unlike Conan O’Brien, who replaced Leno in 2009 in a controversial move that lasted less than a year, Fallon shares that he has regularly communicated with his predecessor for 5 years about the “Tonight” gig.
"He's a good guy, he's really treated me well," the 39-year-old comedian says of Leno.
Fallon shares he called up the host when he landed the “Late Night” job 5 years ago to assure him that he wasn’t gunning for the 11:35 slot.
Over time, the two developed a friendship that included regular phone calls where Leno would give Fallon advice, most notably to make his night monologues longer.
And while NBC hopes to keep Leno on the network, perhaps to host regular specials, Fallon will still work to make his own mark on the legendary show.
“[It] should be goofy and fun and make everybody laugh. That's our job,” Fallon says.
The SNL alum will also keep those silly games and crazy skits around which show celebrities in a different light. And you can bet those musical parodies will stick around too!
As for who his first guest will be, Fallon booked Will Smith with musical guest U2 for his debut. And for Leno’s last show, Billy Crystal, who was the 63-year-old’s first “Tonight Show” guest, as well as Garth Brooks will help send the legendary comedian off.
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