NBC unveiled its first promotion for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – the new host will make his debut Feb. 17 – and the minute-long clip, titled “A Tradition Continues,” pays homage to the program’s storied 60-year past and its historic hosts and hand-offs.
Featured prominently are legendary host Johnny Carson and sidekick Ed McMahon, doing their iconic “Carnac The Magnificent” shtick, as well as current host Jay Leno, who has helmed the Tonight Show for the past 22 years.
Original hosts Steve Allen and Jack Paar are also acknowledged, and there is even a brief shot of Conan O’Brien, whose truncated tenure as host was beset with controversy.
“A new era begins,” the clip states by way of introducing Fallon, 39 and a new dad (daughter Winnie will be 6 months old when the new Tonight debuts).
And there will be new changes in the old show: It will move to its original home of New York from Los Angeles, as has been previously announced.