The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon Brings Back Jay Leno


The Tonight Show has a long storied history. To celebrate his final taped show at Universal Studios Orlando, Jimmy Fallon brought back Jay Leno.

For years, late night fans have turned into the NBC for The Tonight Show. The entertainment show has had memorable hosts throughout the years. For many of us, Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno are most familiar. During the final Orlando taping of The Tonight Show, Fallon brought back Leno to the stage.

Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, photo by Cristine Struble

When Fallon took over The Tonight Show, he used his signature brand of humor and skits. From characters like “Sara” to segments like “hashtags,” Fallon’s humor appeals to the current generation. Every night fans turn in to see what shenanigans happens next.

Leno’s brand of humor was geared to an older, more reserved crowd. Never too edgy, Leno would get more chuckles than on the floor laughter. While still funny and topical, the differences between the comedians is clear.

On last night’s Tonight Show, Fallon employed the “tap out” gag. Faking an injury, Fallon tapped out of his monologue and Leno stepped in. Leno covered some hot topics like Kim Kardashian, politics and Trump. A few one liners really got the crowd laughing. Fallon even jumped back in and did a few one liners himself.

This episode was the final show tapped in Orlando. Fallon and The Tonight Show were at Universal Studios Florida to celebrate the opening of the new Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, a ride three years in the making.

Prior to experiencing the ride itself, riders get a chance to explore aspects of Tonight Show history. The queue area highlights past Tonight Show hosts. Guests can see props from the legendary Johnny Carson’s tenure to Fallon memorabilia. Further, some people commented that the queue area is reminiscent of an actual NBC studio.

The Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon ride has guests racing against Fallon through New York City streets, the sky above the city and even outer space. Who knew that The Roots would be the first band to play on the moon? The 3D enhanced ride offers twists, turns and accelerations. Sometimes it even feels like the rider is immersed in a real video game.

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If you have a chance to visit Universal Orlando, be sure to check out Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. Or, if you need your Tonight Show fix, just tune to see Jimmy Fallon weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.