Will Smith and U2 Set As First Guests for 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

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January 19th, 2014


via press release:


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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — January 19, 2014 — Will Smith and U2 have been booked as the guests for the premiere of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” set for Monday, February 17.

Smith is one of the most bankable actors in Hollywood. Twice nominated for an Oscar (“Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness”), he is also an established recording artist who has won four Grammy Awards.  Smith will next star in Warner Bros.’ “Focus.”

One of the biggest rock bands in the world, U2 — lead singer Bono, guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. — is set to release its newest album in 2014. The 22-time Grammy Award winning band, whose last album was 2009’s “No Line on the Horizon,” was just nominated for an Academy Award and recently won its second Golden Globe Award for best original song for “Ordinary Love,” from the film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”

From Universal Television and Broadway Video, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Josh Lieb. Gavin Purcell produces.  “The Tonight Show” tapes before a live studio audience in Studio 6B in Rockefeller Center.

  • merrranga

    cool! hopefully U2 comes with news about their new dangermouse produced album!

    i’m excited cause u2 has sucked for so long and dangermouse has never put out a bad record. don’t get me wrong u2 used to be great, in fact their 1st 7(!) albums were near perfect. their songs had deep meaning and substance. unfortunately, they’ve devolved into a pop single factory. for their last three albums they’ve basically turned into an old boy band. here’s hoping that, like metallica, a visionary producer can put them back on track.

  • underdog

    I will not be watching. Hope Jay will resurface somewhere soon.

  • MorrisonT

    I agree 100%, Fallon needs to go back to SNL. He is going to ruin The Tonight Show, especially if he tries his bits that he currently has on his own show. He is just not very funny to me and I will not watch.

  • Gary Middleton

    Leno was great, but Jimmy Fallon will be very successful as host of the Tonight Show. He already does 70% of Jay’s demo rating with a show that ends at 1:35 a.m.

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  • rgxx

    Leno sounds like Beaker from the muppet show – I can’t understand what he is saying…although lately I have liked his monologue about this current administration. But Sorry Jay – time to go.

  • USAmerica1st

    Fallon will be successful if Jay Leno is as far away from the new Tonight Show as possible. He undercut Conan by coming right back with a prime time show immediately before Conan’s show and both failed, thus engineering his ‘return’ to the slot he originally ‘left’. Jay should go to Vegas and let Fallon succeed or fail on his own. For my money, Fallon is not the right guy but let’s give him a fair shot and support the show (unless your a Dave or Arsenio fan).

  • Jim LaForte

    Gary, I tend to agree with you. Jimmy Fallon will do well in Jay’s place. People do not like change, but it seems as though now is the perfect time for a change-over in late night. Is 6B where the original “Tonight” show was produced?

    Also, has anyone else noticed how there are always dually-released “news” from NBC regarding Jay to Jimmy? When “Jimmy’s” camp speaks, “Jay’s” camp is given equal time.

  • Aaron

    Yes, Jim, 6B is where the Tonight Show was first produced.

  • MorrisonT

    Gary, I don’t know how you came to that conclusion. Leno makes it the number 1 show. If Fallon brings his boring antics over to the Tonight Show, he will surely lose viewers. I think many viewers will be turned off by his sense of humor. He just isn’t very funny.

  • MorrisonT

    USAmerica you couldn’t be further from the truth. You speak as though Leno is in charge of NBC programming. He has no control over where shows land in the scheduling. One thing you did say that I completely agree with is that Fallon is NOT right for the Tonight show.

  • MorrisonT

    Jim are you nuts? How is this the right time to change hosts when the current one is number 1. Last time I checked you can’t get any higher than number 1.

  • insync44

    Leno’s viewership is completely different to leno’s. As a fan of Leno I really can’t imagine watching Fallon. He can’t change his schtick. I will go back to Letterman.

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