Fallon, A-list celebrities create memorable ‘Tonight Show’ premiere
After a pair of monologues, Fallon sat down behind his new desk and cracked a joke about the folks who bet against him making it: “To my buddy who said I’d never be the host of ‘The Tonight Show,’ and you know who you are, pay up buddy.” Then, one-by-one, a stream of 14 huge industry names walked on stage, dropping a Benjamin in front of Fallon.
Pictured: The money train started with Robert De Niro, who was Fallon’s first guest on “Late Night,” five years ago.
Then came former “Saturday Night Live” castmate and “Weekend Update” cohost Tina Fey. Joe Namath came next, but there’s no photo of Broadway Joe’s appearance. Maybe he should have donned that killer Super Bowl coat again.
Followed by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
R&B songstress and super diva Mariah Carey pulled her hundred bucks from a sexy stash.
Another “SNL” alum, Tracy Morgan, couldn’t look at Fallon when he was ponying up the dough.
E! personality and comedienne Joan Rivers was next in line.
Think Kanye was happy that future wifey, Kim Kardashian, had to let go of some moola over a bet?
Seth Rogen looked like a sad puppy when he passed the buck.
Linsday Lohan was almost unrecognizable in a baggy sweater. Luckily, the red hair queued us in.
Sarah Jessica Parker was looking very Carrie Bradshaw when she forked over her hundo.
Mike Tyson shook hands with Fallon before shelling out his cash. Lady Gaga hand delivered her moola in a fishnet bodysuit next, but there’s no pic. She’ll be a guest on the show Tuesday, though, so you can check her out then.
And last but not least, Stephen Colbert chose to pay Fallon in pennies. It was fantastic.
After covering Fallon’s desk in copper, Colbert snapped a selfie with the newly minted host.
U2 performed a pair of songs on the show, starting with their latest single, “Invisible,” on the rooftop of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
After U2’s performance, Fallon sat down with “huge, huge movie star” Will Smith and talked everything from sky diving to skiing with the “After Earth” actor. The pair also showed off their dance moves with a segment called, “The Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing.” All that was missing was Alfonso Ribeiro doing “The Carlton.”