, 2014-02-18 02:00:00,
Last night, after an endless parade of promos involving hockey pucks and Saturday Night Fever recreations, Jimmy Fallon officially took over as host of The Tonight Show. For New York Magazine’s recent cover story, writer Jada Yuan spent three hours on the town with Fallon while he was preparing to hand over the Late Night reins to fellow SNL alum Seth Meyers and bring NBC’s storied Tonight Show franchise back to its original home at Rockefeller Center for the first time since Johnny Carson relocated it to California in 1972. But there were just too many random fun facts and telling quotes to be contained by a magazine feature, which can only mean one thing: bonus Fallon. Here, culled from hours of transcripts with the latest Tonight Show host and those who know him well, are 39 more things to know about Jimmy Fallon, including his thoughts on fatherhood, mayonnaise, and golf do-overs, and what his fallback plan is if he bombs in his new gig.
- The Tonight Show news was on such tight lockdown, Fallon didn’t tell his parents until the night before the press release came out. His wife, Nancy Juvonen, knew from the beginning, though. “Nancy, she’s great,” he says. “She can keep a secret.”
- Moving to an earlier time slot means Fallon can worry less about his parents’ well-being. His mom and dad used to go to bed at 10 and set an alarm for 12:30 a.m. so they could watch every episode of Late Night live — until Fallon insisted on buying them a DVR and programmed it himself. “I was like, ‘You guys don’t look healthy. You’re not getting enough sleep. You have to tape the show.’” Now they’ll get to go back to watching it live. “It’s a big deal for them,” he says. “I think it’s going to be much healthier for them.” Fallon’s mom also calls him every day with notes.
- He plans on using “everything I’ve learned in my whole life” to get the show to work, including his first college major. “If there’s a computer-programming sketch, I will somehow make that happen,” he says. (He switched to Communications, and dropped out the College of Saint Rose in Albany a semester shy of graduating, but got an honorary degree in 2009.)
- It’s a good thing the show didn’t move to L.A., because “I’m the worst driver in the history of the world,” says Fallon. “My wife does all the driving. I can drive, like, technically, but…
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