The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon premiere was one giant thank you note to fans but not everyone was rooting for the new host.
“To my buddy who said I’d never be the host of The Tonight Show, and you know who you are, you owe me a hundred bucks, buddy,” Fallon addressed the camera.
He didn’t have to wait long to collect. Reminiscent of the Jay Leno farewell, a line of celebrities walked out and begrudgingly paid up including Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Joe Namath, Rudy Giuliani, Mariah Carey, Tracy Morgan, Joan Rivers, Kim Kardashian, Seth Rogen, Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mike Tyson, Lady Gaga and Stephen Colbert, who paid with a bucket of pennies that he poured down Fallon’s shirt. Colbert put on brief smile to take a selfie then challenged his new late night rival.
“Welcome to 11:30, bitch!” the host of The Colbert Report declared with a wag of his finger.