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Jimmy Fallon Brings The Tonight Show Back to New York

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Tonight's the night! "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon makes his debut on the "Tonight Show" replacing Jay Leno.  It's a big move not just for Fallon but for the show itself, which is moving back east for the first time since Johnny Carson took the show to California more than 40 years ago. 

Jimmy Fallon takes the show back to its roots at studio 6B in New York. The audience is lined up to watch the tonight show.

"We're just really excited that we can be at that very, very first one. There are a lot of jealous people back home which is cool too, right?" said Rui Montilla.

Now, The Tonight Show is coming full circle with Jimmy Fallon as it returns to exactly where it all started almost 60 years ago.

"It's a good shot in the arm I think for The Tonight Show," Fallon says. "We don't have the beautiful weather we have in Los Angeles. But we have seasons!"

Fallon inherits a legacy that started here with Steve Allen and Jack Paar. Then, flourished in California with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. Fallon says those are men he wishes could be a part of the milestone.

"I wish Steve Allen and Johnny Carson were still around, just so they could see what we're doing with the show. And I think they would love it."

Fallon says most of the same elements from his five years of hosting "Late Night" will carry over to his "Tonight Show."

"We have the roots. We have the same writers. Same producers. We're moving into a beautiful studio. I mean, gorgeous.

In fact, it's the very same 30 Rock studio his predecessors used during the 50's and 60's, making Fallon even more mindful of the group he's joining.

"There hasn't been that many hosts of the Tonight Show, and this is a big opportunity to get to do this. So, it's going to be a big night," Fallon says.

Monday night in New York City, the Jimmy Fallon tickets are the hottest in town. The Tonight Show airs on KVLY channel 11 following Valley News Live 10@10.

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