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Jimmy Fallon came just inches away from putting Danny DeVito‘s foot in his mouth on Wednesday’s “Tonight Show.” The “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star whipped out his Troll Foot — a social media sensation — and insisted on placing it on Fallon’s desk so they could pose for a picture for DeVito’s Twitter feed. Also Read: From Steve Allen to Jay Leno – All of ‘Tonight Show’s’ Hosts and Sidekicks Before Jimmy Fallon (Photos) Fallon was at first freaked out by the prospect of being so close to a barefoot, but begrudgingly agreed to pose for »
- Joe Otterson
James Corden is nervous.
The launch of his “Late Late Show” on CBS is just weeks away, and he’s questioning everything. The set. The logo. His wardrobe. Himself.
“There’s good nerves and there’s bad nerves,” he says. “It’s good nerves that spur you on, and bad nerves that debilitate you. If I can find the good nerves, I’ll be very grateful.”
The 36-year-old British comedian knows he’s facing an uphill battle to win over American audiences — make that even introduce himself to them. He may have nearly 5 million Twitter followers, but as he is quick to point out, “They’re all back in the U.K.”
He also has to win over celebrities — and more crucially, publicists, so that he can land key bookings for his couch. Despite his many talents, he’s never hosted a talkshow of this scale before, so reps are understandably skittish, »
- Debra Birnbaum
Jimmy Fallon decided to take action Monday after Kelly Clarkson said she has had trouble getting other musicians to collaborate with her. The late night host invited the platinum-selling artist to “The Tonight Show” to perform a number of duets with him, including Sonny and Cher‘s “I Got You Babe” and the Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me.” Also Read: From Steve Allen to Jay Leno – All of ‘Tonight Show’s’ Hosts and Sidekicks Before Jimmy Fallon (Photos) Fallon took things up a notch when he donned a leather beret and earring to imitate Aaron Neville for “Don’t Know Much. »
- Joe Otterson
Bill Cosby says his career is not finished. The comedian, 77, has canceled numerous shows amid the sexual assault allegations made against him by more than a dozen women. But he is scheduled to perform at a Louisiana venue on Friday, and issued a written statement thanking the performing arts center and fans for welcoming him: "Dear Fans: For 53 years you have given me your love, support, respect and trust. Thank you! I can't wait to see your smiling faces and warm your hearts with a wonderful gift - Laughter. I'm ready! I thank you, the theatre staff (Heymann Performing Arts »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
Ice T lent his voice to a number of popular children’s cartoons on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Wednesday. The gangster rapper and star of “Law and Order: Svu” told Fallon that he has been voicing cartoon characters for years, you just have to “listen hard.” Also Read: From Steve Allen to Jay Leno – All of ‘Tonight Show’s’ Hosts and Sidekicks Before Jimmy Fallon (Photos) Fallon played clips of Ice providing the voices of Doc from “G.I. Joe,” Shaggy from “Scooby Doo,” and Dora from “Dora the Explorer,” which are all a bit more hardcore than most fans will. »
- Joe Otterson
Christina Aguilera just may have a second career lined up — as a Britney Spears impersonator. “The Voice” coach appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Monday night and participated in a segment called “The Wheel of Musical Impressions.” Both Fallon and Aguilera were randomly assigned the name of a famous singer and a song to sing. Also Read: From Steve Allen to Jay Leno – All of ‘Tonight Show’s’ Hosts and Sidekicks Before Jimmy Fallon (Photos) First up, Aguilera belted out the Folgers Coffee jingle in the style of Cher. Fallon tried to match her with his impression of. »
- Joe Otterson
When Jon Stewart and Brian Williams happened to disclose the next chapters of their careers nearly simultaneously Tuesday, the confluence of events was greeted with an obvious joke: What if they simply exchanged jobs?
You have a news anchor whose downfall, some have suggested, was fueled in part by his overly keen interest in exploring the world of entertainment. Then there’s the comedian who transcends categorization as mere entertainer with his potent satire of current events.
The vacuums both men leave behind make it only natural to wonder what it might be like if they switched chairs. And while it’s a fairly preposterous notion, one half of the equation is actually worth taking seriously.
- Andrew Wallenstein
Welcome back to Stay Tuned, Vulture's TV advice column. Each Wednesday, Margaret Lyons answers your questions about your various TV triumphs and woes. Need help? Have a theory? Want a recommendation? Submit a question! You can email firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a comment, or tweet @margeincharge with the hashtag #staytuned. How will society go on without [Jon Stewart]? —@JonDyingI hate to be the one to tell you this, Jon, but society is terrible, and the presence or not of Jon Stewart barely moves the needle. But how will you go on? How will I? With this knowledge: Everyone always has. And in this case, we have a very clear model of what it will be like, because Jon Stewart is my (our?) Johnny Carson. There's an episode of My So-Called Life where Patty watches a snippet of Jay Leno hosting The Tonight Show and laments that she still misses "Johnny." I remember »
- Margaret Lyons
It’s hard to imagine now, but in 1977, Bill Murray was struggling to fill Chevy Chase’s shoes, so much so that he delivered an on-air plea for support from the “Saturday Night Live” audience. His rebound not only marked the beginning of a ready-for-primetime career, but also helped set a template that turned the NBC franchise into one of TV’s most renewable resources.
Murray, then in his mid-20s, joined “SNL” after Chase — thanks to his prat falls and “Weekend Update” segment, the program’s first breakout star — had left to pursue a movie career.
In the early going, Murray was generally deemed a failure, which is why his pitch — tongue in cheek as it was — had a slightly uncomfortable ring of truth about it.
“I don’t think I’m making it on the show,” Murray said, telling viewers it would be a big help — not just to him, »
- Brian Lowry
With Jon Stewart leaving The Daily Show, our attention now of course turns to who should take over the show. It seems like we've been thinking about late-night shuffles an awful lot in the last few years or so, with Seth Meyers replacing Jimmy Fallon (replacing Jay Leno); Larry Wilmore replacing Stephen Colbert, and Colbert replacing David Letterman; James Corden replacing Craig Ferguson; Chelsea Handler leaving her show; and John Oliver getting his own — round and round and round we go. So who's next? Tds has some home-grown possible replacements, but there are people from outside the Stewart network, too.Jessica Williams Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams's segments and desk pieces — covering misogyny, broad social stupidity, youth culture, race, and poverty — are, yes, hilarious, but they're also cutting and savvy and uniquely hers. (Like "Jessica's Feminized Atmosphere.") A post-Stewart Tds can't and shouldn't stay exactly the same, and Williams »
- Margaret Lyons
For years, Stewart was the rumored candidate for every latenight job that opened up, or even might open up. Then he turned “The Daily Show” into one of TV’s most enviable showcases – a platform that injected him into the cultural and political zeitgeist, while paying him a fortune and allowing him to have a hand in producing other programs for Comedy Central.
Given all that, seeing him walk away from the gig, as the network announced prior to the program, came as something of a shock to the system – a “Why would he?” moment.
Sounding gracious and humble, Stewart devoted the last few minutes of his program to telling the studio audience what TV viewers already knew. “Seventeen years is the longest I have ever in »
- Brian Lowry
Jon Stewart announced Tuesday that he’s stepping down as host of “The Daily Show” after nearly 20 years of mocking the day’s political events. While his decision to exit sometime this year is momentous, it’s merely the latest event that’s kept the late-night television landscape in a nearly constant state of upheaval for the past year. Read on for a timeline of the ground-shifting changes that have left night-owl programming in a state of flux. Feb. 17, 2014: “Saturday Night Live” alum Jimmy Fallon, who had been hosting NBC’s “Late Night,” takes over as host of “The Tonight Show, »
- Tim Kenneally
There had been rumblings for months that this might happen, but the TV world was nonetheless shocked by tonight’s news that Jon Stewart is stepping down as host of The Daily Show later this year after more than 15 years in the position. Stewart announced his decision to a studio audience at a taping of tonight’s episode. It’s another massive shake-up for an industry that’s been rocked by endless change of late: With Jay Leno and Craig Ferguson gone, Letterman leaving in May, Colbert replacing him in the fall, Chelsea Handler getting a Netflix talk show, and Stewart out the door by year’s end, virtually all of the major late-night slots will have been shuffled over the course of two years. It’s a lot to process, and no doubt much digital ink will be spilled over the topic in the coming week. For now, though, »
- Josef Adalian
There’s an emerging consensus among some political gabbers that Brian Williams’ long-running misrepresentations about his time in Iraq does serious damage to a major national figure.
The twist: The figure being skewered is not the embattled NBC anchorman but Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Why would misstatements by Williams — that a helicopter he rode in a dozen years ago in Iraq came under enemy fire — damage the once and likely future presidential candidate?
Because the former secretary of state and frontrunner-in-waiting for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination had her own Williams-esque flight of war-zone “misspeak.”
Clinton’s error came in the thick of her 2008 run for the presidency, when she claimed in a speech that she and her party once ducked sniper fire on an airport tarmac in Bosnia. It wasn’t true.
The NBC anchor’s career-threatening failure on the Iraq story now has commentators, particularly on the political right, saying »
- James Rainey
Will Smith, the Hollywood superstar, has been so busy the past decade making blockbusters that Will Smith, the multi-platinum rapper formerly known as the Fresh Prince, hasn't released new music since 2005's Lost and Found. Aside from the occasional Carlton Dance, Smith has shown almost no desire to rejoin a music world now occupied by his children, but on The Tonight Show, Smith reconnected with the Fresh Prince of yesteryear to beatbox and then perform Rob Base and DJ E-z Rock's "It Takes Two" with Jimmy Fallon.
"You're a famous rapper, »
The return of “The Tonight Show” to Los Angeles — its former home for more than 40 years — has produced sizable ratings gains for NBC this week.
Through three nights of its special telecasts from Universal Studios, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” was averaging a 1.4 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, according to the 25 markets with Nielsen Local People Meters — its highest-rated Monday-through-Wednesday since last March (Fallon’s fourth week hosting show show).
And in metered-market households, “Tonight Show” (3.3 rating/9 share) finished comfortably ahead of both “Late Show” (2.4/6) and “Kimmel” (2.1/5).
Compared to its Monday-to-Wednesday quarter-to-date average “Tonight Show” was up a big 40% in adults 18-49 (1.4 vs. 1.0) and 27% in households (3.3 vs. 2.6).
- Rick Kissell
To celebrate a week of shows broadcast from sunny Los Angeles, the host with the most paid homage to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air‘s title sequence, with the help of no less than Carlton himself (aka Dancing With the Stars champ Alfonso Ribeiro) and frequent Fresh Prince guest star DJ Jazzy Jeff.
Coincidentally, the Fresh Prince himself, »
Jimmy Fallon did a spot-on spoof of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" opening at the start of Monday's "Tonight Show." The epic parody, called "The Fresh Host of Tonight," was in honor of "The Tonight Show" returning to Los Angeles for the first time since Jay Leno stepped down and Fallon took over as host a year ago. Check out the video here! »
- Shari Weiss
“Or as they call it in L.A…29,” Fallon joked, in his opening monologue Monday night, marking the first show of his weeklong stay out west.
“I remember driving down Sunset Boulevard,” Fallon told the live audience, including Variety, reminiscing about his time working as a standup comedian in L.A. “My gas thing was on [empty], and you know when the needle goes into that weird color paint and you go, ‘I don’t know if I’m gonna make it home, I’m definitely running on fumes right now.'”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Jimmy Fallon stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday, but before having a chance to chat with Ellen, he got the crap scared out of him when she jumped out from behind a wall in his dressing room bathroom. After playing the hilarious clip, Jimmy and Ellen talked about his gig on The Tonight Show, including the fact that his own father heckled him throughout his very first monologue after taking over the slot from Jay Leno almost a year ago. Later, Ellen and Jimmy recounted his now-infamous interview with Nicole Kidman, in which she admitted to having a crush on him back in the early 2000s and revealed that they had actually gone on a (very bad) date. Jimmy said, "I'm starting to get red because I was ready to tell my embarrassing story, but then it got a little too real. And she's like, 'then you started playing video games. »
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