When Jimmy Fallon said goodbye to "Late Night" on Feb. 8 (the show started at 12:05 a.m. because of The Olympics, instead of 12:35), he did it with a couple of great friends, his in-house band, The Roots, and some of his best Muppet friends (above).
It was a no-frills finale, and it worked.
Fallon got a little choked up in the opening quarter of "Late Night" when he sat down to do some thank you's (more serious than the goofy ones he did later in the show) after his monologue. He shouted-out his fans and staff that made "Late Night" possible for the last five years, and watched a group of his friends and interviewees, including Miley Cyrus and Ice T, give him advice for his new role on "The Tonight Show" via video.
"Saturday Night Live" comrade Andy Samberg sat down with Fallon later in the show and the two hashed out old memories like when Fallon pitched Lorne Michaels that Samberg should join the "Saturday Night Live" cast.
Does that mean Samberg has to share his Golden Globe with Fallon? Eh, probably not.
After a weirdly intense round of questioning from Samberg directed at Fallon, we moved onto funnier things. We lost it (laughing) during the farewell when we saw clips of Fallon's announcer Steve Higgins losing his pants during a taping of "Late Night," and another of Questlove (of The Roots) spewing water out during an episode that he was choking on. Both kind of gross. Both pretty hilarious. Both Higgins and The Roots will be joining Fallon at his new gig.
Fallon wrapped the show seated behind a drum set, a la Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl, where he performed "The Weight" by The Band alongside a fully-stacked cast of Muppets. When the song was over, the man of the late-night hour walked down the studio's hall to a doorway full of people (we presume it was his staff), into the space where he'll host "The Tonight Show." It'll be the first time that the show tapes in New York in 42 years.
Fallon and Samberg's "Saturday Night Live" buddy Seth Meyers will take over at "Late Night" come Feb. 24.
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