(New York, NY) -- Jimmy Fallon is kicking off a new era of NBC's "Tonight Show." On Monday, Jimmy opened up "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" by thanking the five previous regular hosts of the late night program.
Monday also marked the "Tonight Show's" return to New York after being film in Burbank, California for over 40-years. After introducing his house band The Roots and his announcer Steve Higgins, Jimmy asked Higgins for a second introduction before diving into his first "Tonight Show" monologue, which revolved around the Winter Olympics. He then brought back some of his much-loved "Late Night" skits, such as "Superlatives" and "Evolution of Dancing." The night also featured surprise appearance from a number of guests who had bet Jimmy 100-dollars that he'd never become the host of the "Tonight Show." Among the stars ponying up money were Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Joe Namath, Rudy Guiliani, Mariah Carey, Tracy Morgan, Lady Gaga and Stephen Colbert [[ Kohl-bear ]], who paid Jimmy with a bucket of change.
Jimmy welcomed actor Will Smith as his first guest. Will explained to Jimmy that the surprise stars didn't show up for the "Tonight Show" stage, but chose to appear because they believed in his heart. Will Smith also opened up about recently going sky-diving in Dubai. He called the experience "absolutely terrifying," but magnificent because it taught him so much about fear. Meantime, rock band U2 was Jimmy's first musical guest. The group performed atop Rockefeller Center, before sitting down with Jimmy for a quick interview. They then closed out the show with an acoustic performance of their Oscar-nominated song, "Ordinary Love."