Wait. What’s this about a pickle?
As part of a tradition preserved since the days of David Letterman, departing “Late Night” hosts and their staffs bestow a giant plastic pickle upon the new host. As Fallon tells it in this video from 2009, he got the pickle from Conan O’Brien — who received it from David Letterman’s staff. For a crisper spin, tonight’s episode marks the first time the exchange will happen on screen.
Fallon, of course, is leaving the “Late Night” after February 6 to become the new host of “The Tonight Show” on February 17. Seth Meyers’ first “Late Night” episode airs February 24.
Tune into NBC at 12:35 a.m. Wednesday