Fallon To Begin 'Tonight' Run With Will Smith, U2

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Jimmy Fallon will open his run as the host of NBC's "Tonight" show with actor Will Smith and the rock band U2 as guests.

NBC is debuting the Fallon regime on Feb. 17 at midnight following the Winter Olympics. It will slip into its regular slot following the local news a week later, with Seth Meyers inheriting "Late Night."

Fallon says he has talked to "Tonight" show incumbent Jay Leno regularly during the transition. One piece of advice that Fallon has already taken is to increase the length of his monologue.

Jay Leno will close out his 22-year run as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" with a nod to the future and to the past.

Leno's final night, on Feb. 6, will feature Billy Crystal, who was Leno's first guest in May 1992 when he succeeded Johnny Carson. Country superstar Garth Brooks will also appear.

Leno's last week will also include Betty White, Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, country singer Blake Shelton, musician Lyle Lovett and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley.

Leno briefly left the show in 2009. After a few months hosting his own show, Leno returned to "Tonight" in 2010.

Although Fallon is moving "Tonight" to New York from the West Coast, he said he will take the show on the road - including to Los Angeles for a couple of weeks a year.


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