Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, February 8, 2014
Soon to be crowned ”Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon was very emotional during his final “Late Night” broadcast, so much so that he needed the help of some of his closest childhood friends to say goodbye.
Fallon closed out the show with one last musical performance of The Band’s “The Weight” backed up by Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the muppet gang.
“Catch a cannonball, then take it right down the line,” Miss Piggy belted out. “My bag is sinking low, and I do believe it’s time.”
“To get back to Miss Piggy, you know she’s the only one who sends me here with her regards for everyone,” Kermit chimed in.
He then promptly left the stage to walk across the hall to his new studio, as “The Tonight Show” makes its way back to New York City for the first time in four decades.
Earlier in the show, Fallon expressed his emotion through his final monologue, joking how he was “really going to miss being on TV at 12:37.”
“I’ll especially miss the battle for late night ratings with my fierce rivals — Craig Ferguson and a veggie chopper infomercial,” he added.
He also gave thanks to former “Late Night” hosts David Letterman and Conan O’Brien, as well as his show’s staff, house band “The Roots,” and – most importantly – the show’s fans.
“I want to thank the fans. I can’t believe it,” he said. “This didn’t exist five years ago. There was no such thing as this show five years ago. Isn’t that crazy to even believe that? It means the world to me. You make me so happy. Thank you so much.”
Seth Meyers, Fallon’s former “Saturday Night Live” colleague, will take over “Late Night” on Feb. 24.
Watch Jimmy and the Muppets perform “The Weight” below.