E! to Air LENO AND FALLON: AN E! NEWS SPECIAL Tonight
The buzz around the momentous late night handoff has reached epic proportions and the two men at the center of the media frenzy are setting the record straight together once and for all. In "Leno and Fallon: An E! News Special" E! will air never-before-seen portions of the revealing interview first featured on NBC's "TODAY," in which host Matt Lauer sits down with late night legend, Jay Leno, and the beloved young sensation waiting in the wings, Jimmy Fallon, for their only joint interview that discusses "The Tonight Show" change up.
Nothing is off limits when Lauer grills the two heavyweightson everything from how and when the announcement was made, their fears and apprehensions regarding the decision, and what the future holds for both comedians. Get the story straight from the sources when E! airs unseen footage from Matt Lauer's exclusive joint interview with Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon in the all-new, half hour special, "Leno and Fallon: An E! News Special" premiering Monday, February 10th at 8:30pm ET/PT.
When Fallon takes the reigns of NBC's iconic late-night talk show on February 17th, he will join an exclusive club of talk show host royalty that includes the renowned Johnny Carson, touted as the first host to bring massive success to "The Tonight Show." With a mutual admiration for those that came before them and each other, the late night hosts open up about their own relationship and discuss whether the pressure to keep people watching has caused a rift between them.
The special also offers a behind-the-scenes look at the media storm that has been making headlines for over five years. Lauer's intimate interview takes viewers through the current transition as well as the previous shifts in 2009. Both hosts describe their reactions to the news, while Fallon talks about what he expects from the new timeslot and Leno shares his future plans.
Select quotes from the special include:
"...If you take the show from nothing and make it, then you're a hero. If you take a show that's number one and then it doesn't stay number one, oh, and then they're all over you." - Jay Leno
"When people ask me in the interviews, they go, like, 'Is this a dream job of yours to take over?' But for me it wasn't because I didn't know that I could dream that job." - Jimmy Fallon
Hear it directly from the men making television history when "Leno and Fallon: An E! News Special" airs Monday, February 10th at 8:30pm ET/PT only on E!
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