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As one era of late night ends on NBC, another begins and the network is pulling out all stops to make sure people watch. Jimmy Fallon has secured Will Smith and U2 for his first Tonight Show episode, while Seth Meyers will kick off his Late Night tenure by chatting with Amy Poehler. Really (with Seth & Amy).
Fallon said that he had hoped to get U2 on Late Night, but the Oscar-nominated group was busy with a Late Show with David Letterman commitment. Smith will be appearing on The Tonight Show around the time Winter’s Tale hits theaters.
During the Television Critics Association Press Tour, Fallon also spoke about advice Jay Leno gave him, notes TheWrap. The outgoing Tonight Show host told Fallon to make his monologues longer.
“He said a lot of people work all day, they work two jobs, and they don’t get around to seeing the news,” Fallon recalled. “They go to you for the news.”
During his time with reporters, Meyers admitted that he’s still working on the format of his show, with only five weeks to go, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The Saturday Night Live alum did say that Poehler will be his first guest. Meyers and Poehler co-anchored Weekend Update on SNL.
Meyers said he hopes to bring on guests who are not huge stars that everyone knows, although Hillary clinton would be an ideal guest. “I'd love people that are big political players who have a lot of influence in what's going on in the world but we're open to everybody,” he said.
Fallon’s Tonight Show debut is on Feb. 17, while Meyers begins Late Night on Feb. 24.