Leno says goodbye to the ‘Tonight Show’
Rachel Stalker, ‘Doah Staff Writer
February 12, 2014
Starting Feb. 17, Jimmy Fallon will take over “The Tonight Show” on NBC, replacing Jay Leno. This change in hosts was announced in spring 2013.
While Leno fans are sad, Fallon fans are even more excited.
Fallon is bringing “The Tonight Show” back to 30 Rock in New York City, where Jack Paar started the show in 1957.
The renowned Johnny Carson took over the show in 1962.
Fallon’s takeover will bring a young, fresher perspective to the show. He already has a huge following, from his days on “Saturday Night Live” and his current popular show, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Even though Fallon has hosted “Late Night” for only 4 years, he is more than capable of taking Leno’s place. Fallon’s last “Late Night” show was on Feb. 7.
Leno’s farewell show was on Thursday, Feb. 6.
It was a tearful goodbye, where he thanked his fans for their continued support over the last 22 years. Leno, in an emotional and cracked voice, said, “This has been the greatest 22 years of my life.”
He left the show once before, in 2009, when he had “The Jay Leno Show” on primetime.
In an interview with “60 Minutes,” Leno said he is as ready to leave the show now as he was when he left in 2009.
Jay Leno congratulated Fallon on his new job and opportunity for continued success as a comedian and television show host.
Taking over on “Late Night” for Jimmy Fallon is Seth Meyers, another “Saturday Night Live” alumnus. Meyers was a cast member and writer for “SNL” for 13 years. His last appearance as the co-host for “Weekend Update” was Saturday Feb. 1, where he also had a tearful goodbye. Many of Meyers’ friends from “SNL” over the years showed up to send him off including Bill Hader as Stefon, Amy Poehler, and one of Meyers’ best friends, Andy Samberg.
Freshman business management major Daniel Hillgren said, “Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers are both great guys for the job and although this is Seth Meyer’s first gig as a late night host, I think he will do great because of the experience that he has attained from “SNL.’”
The first episode of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” airs on Feb. 24.