By Rebecca Merriman On January 20, 2014

Jimmy Fallon's First Tonight Show Guests Confirmed As Will Smith And U2 Following Jay Leno Exit

Star will take over in February

The first guests for Jimmy Fallon's debut as host of The Tonight Show next month when he takes over from Jay Leno have been confirmed as U2 and Will Smith.

Fallon, who will take over the reigns of the chatshow from Leno on February 17, chatted about his debut during a recent press conference at a Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.

Confirming his first guest as blockbuster star Smith he said: “He’s a big Hollywood star and he always brings it every time he goes on a talk show.”

Jimmy Fallon is set to takeover from Jay Leno next month (WENN)

Speaking about how he felt about taking over the reigns from Jay Leno, who made his debut on The Tonight Show in 1987 and has worked as its host on and off since then, Fallon said: “Well, we’re skipping a lot of generations, but it means a lot to me. It’s surreal and it’s an honour."

Will Smith and U2 will be the host first guests (WENN)

"I don’t want to let anyone down," Fallon continued. "I want them to know that I’m going to work as hard as I can. And I know how much the show means and I’m a big fan of television. This is an important job and I’m so looking forward to it. And I just want to make everyone laugh.”

Leno is stepping down on February 6 after over two decades on the show (WENN)

Fallon, who scored his first talk show host in 2008, succeeding Conan O'Brien as host of NBC's Last Night, insisted he hadn't "gunned" for Leno's chair and described how he was called up by the legendary host about the gig.

“This was going to be the year, and I’d love for you to be the next guy," the host claimed Leno told him.

The new host is mixing up the famous show's format including moving it from Los Angeles to New York and changing the name from The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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