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So, who in “Black Hollywood” can bring esteem and money to television networks in late-night? Should the next historic opportunity arise, this person may have to demonstrate their worth alongside established personalities like Craig Ferguson, Carson Daly, and Stephen Colbert, and wonder if this journalistic oversight isn’t indicative of something else.
Brian Williams took a few minutes on the air last night to apologize to Arsenio Hall (and call out some other mistakes NBC News has made) for a huge oversight in a segment he did about late-night TV hosts.
As everyone no doubt knows at this point, Jimmy Fallon made his debut on Monday as the host of The Tonight Show. The news marks a shift for the 60-year-old show in an effort to attract a hipper, younger audience. In addition, the show has moved back East, setting up shop with The Roots in New York City.
Brian Williams ran a segment on Monday that included an interview with Fallon and a graphic (above) that was meant to illustrate the various hosts who are “slugging it out” in the 11/11:30 pm time slot that Fallon now occupies. Missing from the graphic was Arsenio Hall. Seriously though? Carson Daly?
Arsenio was not happy about the omission and took to his monologue to voice his complaint. The most compelling argument he makes is the one about the much-revered Johnny Carson; he notes that he’s the only late-night host to have survived the competition with Carson. Then he called in Suge Knight for a little muscle and gave out the NBC newsroom phone number so fans could call to express their dismay as well.
Brian Williams offered a mea culpa last night, noting that Arsenio “took them to task,” and that they previously left a state off a map and misspelled “Philadelphia” once. The point is, they make mistakes. Most importantly, he promised it would never happen again.
Kudos to Arsenio for calling attention to his achievement. No sense in being shy.
Jimmy Fallon kicked off the debut of his hosting “The Tonight Show” with a bang. There were all types of celebrities in the building. Robert DeNiro, Tiny Fey, Mariah Carey, Kim Kardashian, Mike Tyson, Lady Gaga and Tracy Morgan to name a few.
But the highlight of the night came when Jimmy Fallon and Will Smith performed a dance duo detailing the evolution of Hip Hop.
Will Smith has roots in Hip Hop and last night we got to see if the 45 year old has still got it. Before their interview, Will and Jimmy did their thing. They did some of our favorites like the Running Man, the Kid ‘N Play and the MC Hammer.
But the party ended when Jimmy started twerking…
Watch the video below.
Check out the next page to see Will talking about being 45 and conquering his fears by sky diving.
Despite our repeated requests for consideration for Aisha Tyler, NBC has announced that Saturday Night Live alum Seth Meyers will be taking over for Jimmy Fallon when he moves to The Tonight Show next year. “No premiere date has been announced, but NBC has said Leno’s exit and Fallon’s debut will coincide with the Winter Olympics coverage in 2014,” says CNN. That would be in February.
You probably recognize Meyers from the SNL “Weekend Update” anchor chair. The 39-year-old has been with that show for 12 years. This also puts him in line to be the next host of The Tonight Show, but there’s a long way to go for that.
Related, Lorne Michaels, the executive producer of SNL will also be behind the scenes at both The Tonight Show and Late Night. Both shows will be in New York now, so there’s more opportunity to sit in on a live audience.
Will you be tuning in?
NBC has finally announced what we already knew: Jay Leno is out as host of The Tonight Show come Spring 2014 and Jimmy Fallon is in. Fallon just closed a new deal with NBC this morning, and Leno followed soon after with his statement on the matter. “Congratulations Jimmy,” CNN quotes him. “I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you’re the old guy. If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.” Leno had been the host for 22 years and topped the ratings. Fears about the 62-year-old host losing a young audience to Jimmy Kimmel on ABC played a role in the change.
Just as exciting, we’ll get to see The Roots an hour earlier! We support that. Moreover, for the New Yorkers, the show is coming back East. So we can just mosey on over to 30 Rock and check it out.
Even though there had been speculation about all of this, it seems like things moved kind of quickly in the end. It was only the other day that we were watching the two do their best West Side Story in a skit that got a lot of pick up.
It’s looking more and more likely that Jay Leno will be giving up his place as host of The Tonight Show, turning it over to Late Night host (and viral video hit maker) Jimmy Fallon. The details haven’t been worked out, but The New York Times is saying this could happen by fall 2014. And the show would leave Los Angeles and head back to New York, where it started in 1954.
“One senior executive who has been involved in the discussions said on Wednesday that ‘there is no way on earth that this is not going to happen,’” one source told the Times.
One of the reasons the paper says Fallon wants to stay in NYC is to hang on to his stellar house band, The Roots. Many of Fallon’s most popular jokes, skits, and videos involve Questlove and the crew, so this is an important part of the show. Moreover, Fallon is from New York and has deep roots of his own in the city.
Jay Leno remains strangely popular, topping the ratings for the past few years. The question Buzzfeed asks is why everyone — except those viewers who keep Leno on top — dislike him so much. Some of the general perceptions of the host that are used in the story include “moral cowardice,” “sniveling backstabber,” and “modern milquetoast.”
“The combined effect of all these sins was to set in stone an animus towards Leno that nothing can touch. To be a thinking or cool person in America is to hate Jay, and like Dave, or Conan, or Kimmel, or Jon Stewart: anyone in the long line of talk show hosts breaking off a niche of the stratifying media world by being edgier and cooler than Leno,” the article says. Eeek.
Do you still watch late night network TV? Would Jimmy Fallon bring you back?
Hilarious: Justin Timberlake, And Jimmy Fallon Impersonate Michael McDonald, With Michael McDonald, To Sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”
I don’t know if you’ve been tuning in, but Justin Timberlake has been on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon churning out mad memorable skits and performances while promoting his new album, The 20/20 Experience. This album, which is already getting rave reviews, drops next Tuesday on March 19. While on the show last night, there was a particularly hilarious skit that involved Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake and Michael McDonald (personally, our favorite blue eyed male soul singer). Knowing Fallon does some of the best impressions of popular music figures, he dressed up as McDonald in a white wig, blazer and keyboard in tow, to sing a very soulful version of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” Yes, you read right. Fallon started the song, and then when the lights went up, there stood Timberlake in the exact same outfit, same wig, ready to do his part of the round. A few moments later, when the lights went up one more time, there stood Michael McDonald, real hair, his own outfit, to finish the round of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” In the end, all three men turned the song into a “What A Fool Believes”-esque big band song that McDonald is known for, and may I add, all the impressions of McDonald were flawless. Hilarious. Check the video out for yourself to see!
And if you have a minute, you might want to also watch the two perform another hilarious skit from Tuesday night where they sing “Hotback” as part of a barbershop quintet. I’m telling you, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon is the only late night talk show you need to be watching! Always entertaining, in my opinion (trust me, nobody slid me some dollars to say that…). Enjoy!