Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
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Jimmy Fallon played it low-key and humble on NBC’s Late Night, preferring to thank his audience for “staying up to 12:35 a.m. and watching us.”

According to an early transcript, the heir to The Tonight Show said on his NBC show that “I want to thank everyone here at Late Night, the staff, the crew, and of course The Roots. I have to say thanks to Jay Leno for being so gracious. It means so much to me to have his support.”

Fallon, who will take over for Jay Leno in spring 2014, opened his monologue by saying, “This is Late Night with Jimmy Fallon…For now. You guys probably heard the news – I’m going to be taking over The Tonight Show next February! But don’t worry. Until February, our focus is right here on whatever this show is called.”

The 38-year-old comedian finished his monologue with this knee-slapper about ABC’s diving show. “On last night’s episode of Splash, former Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson quit the show because she was too afraid to dive off the 23-foot platform. Even worse, when Louie Anderson went to jump, the pool quit.”