Jimmy Fallon has signed off from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the host’s final show was a surprisingly emotional affair.
After 969 shows, Fallon, who will take over the Tonight Show Feb. 17, bid farewell to the program Friday night, saying during his farewell monologue, “You know, I’m really going to miss being on TV at 12:37. I’ll especially miss the battle for late night ratings with my fierce rivals — Craig Ferguson and a veggie chopper infomercial.”
Jokes aside, Fallon also took some time out to tip his hat to his successor, Seth Meyers (“I love that guy…We’re going to be a good team back-to-back.”) and give thanks to the loyal Late Night audience, during which he began to get choked up. “Most importantly, I want to thank you guys. I want to thank the fans. I can’t believe it,” he said. “This didn’t exist five years ago. There was no such thing as this show five years ago. Isn’t that crazy to even believe that? It means the world to me. You make me so happy. Thank you so much.”
Later in the show, sole guest Andy Samberg tried to cheer up Fallon by putting the night in context. “You gotta pull it together, man,” he said. “You’re moving across the hall…bigger stage. It’s all good stuff.”
Fallon closed off the night with a duet of the “The Weight” with The Muppets. You can watch that and Fallon’s final monologue below.