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Jimmy Fallon's First Night -- How'd He Do!?

Jimmy Fallon's First Night -- How'd He Do!?

Jimmy Fallon premiered his late night talk show host on Monday, interviewing Robert De Niro and Justin Timberlake (he impersonated John Mayer).

The Roots jammed all night as Jimmy‘s house band and rocker Van Morrison was the musical guest for the evening.

EW said, “[Jimmy] did an ultra-ordinary monologue — one liners about President Obama and the deficit that sounded like material Jay Leno‘s writers had faxed over from L.A.”

THR added, “He tried too hard, stumbled over his punchlines and struggled to make Robert De Niro seem interesting.”

After the show taped, Jimmy expressed how overjoyed and relieved he was. He blogged, “1st show done. I was a bit nervous. But overall really happy. Phew!”

If you missed the first episode, watch it at

WHAT DID YOU THINK of Jimmy Fallon’s first night as a talk show host — YAY or NAY?

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OMFG mooost boring show of all…

# 3

I found it NOT boring, but very different and entertaining. He seemed very nervous, but he’ll get better. Justin Timberlake was hilarious. I’ve never liked DeNiro- he is boring. I put it on my TIVO for the week.

# 4

He was nervous so he stumbled a lot. I felt bad for him. I’m sure after he gets use to this, he will be a lot better.

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# 6

he’s just not funny. sorry

# 7

I hate Jimmy Fallon. He was the worst part of SNL and the worst part of every movie he’s ever been in ever and now he’s on every night to tell bad jokes and be the comedy equivalent of the black plague?
no thanks.
no thanks.

# 8

I thought the show was horrible, Jimmy you do realize you are supposed to let your guests talk instead of cutting them off and speaking 10 words a second right?

# 9

i don’t think he is late show material

[☆I n F a m o u s☆] @ 03/03/2009 at 11:30 am

he did a pīss-poor job. unfunny.. and he giggled like girl & acted like timberlake’s sidekick.
he wasn’t funny on snl and he never had a funny movie – out of all the comedians… he should of been one of the last to get this job.

I thought it was fine. He’ll get better as he keeps going…just like Conan did..

[☆I n F a m o u s☆] @ 03/03/2009 at 11:31 am

he did a pīss-poor job. unfunny.. and he giggled like girl & acted like timberlake’s sidekick.

I think we ought to give him a month to get his feet wet. It’s a big gig with a lot of pressure… he’ll warm up and find his “niche.’

Completely unprofessional.

I don’t get why people like Fallon get a show anyway.

he didnt hold my attention

jessica biel sucks @ 03/03/2009 at 11:55 am

I only watched for Justin and even Jimmy’s questions for him sucked. Justin was entertaining but it appeared that he knew Jimmy was sh#tting the bed with the show. DeNiro has always been a crappy interview no matter who interviews him. Dumb move to put him on let alone the first show. The bits sucked. On a bright note, he has no where to go but up.

gogol dancer @ 03/03/2009 at 12:32 pm

Seriously (AND THIS IS SAD) once Justin came out it seemed to become more of his show than Jimmy’s.

At least Leno can deliver

Remembering Conan’s first season, it wasn’t that pretty either. It takes time to find your own style, especially since so much past is there to be compared to. It did seem stiff and SNL-esque, but give it a year. Hopefully, it’ll get better. I presume it can only get better. ;)

I for one love Jimmy. im very excited he has this show, but I will say that he was a little too nervous. DeNiro was soooo boring, didnt talk, didnt even laugh. i thought that was horrible. when justin came out, i felt like Jimmy felt more comfortable talking to him than Robert. idk thats just my opinion.

i say give Jimmy some time to get used to this, and the shows will slowly become better. good job Jimmy!

Fallon looks really uncomfortable in his own skin.

I’d rather watch Chelsea Handler any day. I like Jimmy Fallon,, but he really was BORING!!!! Give the gig to Chelsea Handler or Kathy Griffin.

ALL first season shows are kind of awkward, Jimmy was nervous and all the kinks will get worked out!
I think Jimmy did pretty well, Considering all the presure he was under.
The show will (like ALL shows) get better with time!!
That gig isn’t as easy as it looks.

that was so terrible if he doesn’t do any better in the coming weeks thier going to get someone else to host the show

Fallon rarely paused to let his guests answer much of anything. He acted like a junior high school kid most of the time. Advice: Hey Fallon, knock off the phony naiveté. That’s also how you acted during your guest appearances on Letterman. It gets old. You “graduated” from SNL years ago. Just ’cause your daddy was in the audience for your first show here doesn’t mean you need to act like a child. Grow up, try some new stuff, and shut up when your guests could be sharing something with the audience.

shoegal421 @ 03/03/2009 at 3:15 pm

conan’s very first show let down a lot of people also but he got better with time. let’s give him a chance!

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