Two hour Jimmy Fallon special to air in January

Jimmy Fallon

It was confirmed a number of months back that Jimmy Fallon will replace Jay Leno on The Tonight Show in February 2014, following the Winter Olympics.

As the transition date gets even closer, Fallon has announced a two-hour primetime special in January.


The two hour special will showcase some of Fallon’s best bits from the past five years on the network.

Announcing the special via Twitter, Fallon wrote: “One week from tonight: The Best of Late Night 2 Hour Primetime Special!! 9pm Jan 5th. Set your DVRs. We did a lot of fun stuff in 5 years!”

Jay Leno

Back at the beginning of 2013 when it was confirmed that Fallon would replace Leno following his 22-year run, NBC issued the following statement: “Jay Leno is an entertainment icon, making millions of people laugh every weeknight for more than 20 years. His long reign as the highest-rated late-night host is a testament to his work ethic and dedication to his viewers and to NBC.

“We are purposefully making this change when Jay is No. 1, just as Jay replaced Johnny Carson when he was No. 1. Jimmy Fallon is a unique talent, and this is his time. I’m thrilled he will become the sixth host of The Tonight Show at exactly the right moment, in conjunction with our coverage of next year’s Winter Olympic Games from Sochi, Russia.”

Leno went on to say: “Congratulations, Jimmy. I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you’re the old guy. If you need me, I’ll be at the garage”.

Speaking about his new role at the time, Fallon said: “I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow”.

Don’t forget, the special airs on January 5 at 9pm.

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