It had to happen. Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon, the former reportedly about to be replaced as Tonight show host by the latter, have come to blows. Blowing out their lungs in song, that is.
In a terrific and remarkably good-natured spoof that is getting high-profile play – not bad for anybody’s ratings – Fallon’s Late Night show opened on Monday night with his getting a call from Leno, who had just wrapped up his Tonight show.
“Hey, kid. How you holding up?” Leno, in L.A., asks Fallon, whose desk in his New York office is strewn with newspapers reporting the NBC late-night-host succession.
Fallon, 38, said he’s okay and inquired how Leno, 62, was. “Yeah,” says the 20-year Tonight veteran. “I’ll live. I’ve been through this before, y’know. Got to admit, I’m a little sick of this.”
They said they’re still friends. Then they broke into song, a reworked version of the soaring “Tonight,” from West Side Story. (Both possess great voices – Leno’s is especially operatic – although professionals took over and dubbed the long passages, the Today show reported Tuesday.)
In the aria, Fallon sang:
Only you, every night you throw to me, Jay Leno
In the news, all they do, is say I’m replacing you
They think I can woo
So the network says
Here’s an idea
Pack your bags, take a hike
Fallon: Tonight, Tonight
Who’s gonna host Tonight?
Is it gonna be Jimmy or Jay?
Where will they tape Tonight?
In New York? Will it stay in L.A.?
Leno: Tonight, Tonight
My ratings were all right
Twenty years and I’m still in first place
I’ve got Fox on the line
Or maybe I could take over for Dave
In unison: Tonight, Tonight
Why do they say we fight?
I like you, you like me, we’re okay
Who cares who hosts Tonight?
People just watch online the next day!
And here’s the video: