So much inane drama occured behind the scenes when it came to late-night talk show hosts, but for The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon finally took over as host. Between David Letterman, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, and Jimmy, the dust has finally settled, and The Tonight Show is back in New York City. Even Jimmy addressed the controversy in his opening monologue: "I’m Jimmy Fallon, and I’ll be your host for now."
And the show was very New York. The opening credits were done by Spike Lee and U2 performed their new single, "Invisible," on the Top of the Rock at dusk.
But of course, Jimmy enlisted the help of all his "pals" to kick off the show, and the clip that is sure to take over your Facebook feed this morning features Jimmy doing a rather familiar bit with none other than Will Smith.
At the beginning of the show, Fallon jokes that a friend made a bet that he'd "never be host of The Tonight Show. You know who you are. You owe me $100, buddy." Robert De Niro walked out and gives him $100. In order, De Niro is followed by Tina Fey, Joe Namath, Rudy Giuliani, Mariah Carey, Tracy Morgan, Joan Rivers, Kim Kardashian, Seth Rogen, Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mike Tyson, and Lady Gaga (you need to see her outfit). They each give him $100. Not a bad pay day.
In one of the most hilarious parts, rival Stephen Colbert dumps $100 worth of pennies on Fallon's head, proclaiming, "Welcome to 11:30, bitch!"
Take a look:
Here's the video of U2 performing on the roof, in case you wanted to see it. No doubt, the visuals are stunning:
But no doubt the highlight of the night came in the form of "Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing." Will Smith is and will always be the man. The clip pretty much speaks for itself:
All in all, it seems Jimmy made a solid debut as The Tonight Show host. Fans of his can only hope he can continue building this momentum and finally putting an end to all this late night controversy. We'll have to wait and see what happens!
Did you watch The Tonight Show? Did you have a favorite moment from the inaugural episode?
Image via The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon/YouTube