“I don’t like kicking people when they’re down. You know? I’ll kick people when they’re up. So, I’ll do a couple mean spirited jokes when they’re up and they’re popular or something. But when they’re down and out… It’s like… It’s just a tough time for them and I feel for them a little bit — no matter who it is. It’s kinda like, ‘Well… Someone else will cover for me on that one.’”
"[Jimmy Fallon] isn’t really a joke-teller so much as a performer who just says ‘yes’ to everything: He can sing, dance, and play a mean guitar, and does such loving, reverential pop-culture-geek impersonations that celebrities will gamely get in on the joke and send up their own images right next to him. He doesn’t walk around the street asking ordinary people gotcha questions to make fun of their dumb answers like Leno or Kimmel… He doesn’t try to expose his guests’ hypocrisy like Stewart or Colbert. In contrast to Letterman, he actually watches his guests’ movies, listens to their music, and geeks out endearingly in front of them… Colbert is probably his closest equivalent as far as acting chops, but he never breaks character. Fallon will, and does, play anyone, five or six characters in a single show, with a we’re-just-kids-in-a-costume-room giddiness that’s appealing not just to his audience. It’s appealing to his guests, too, for whom he makes fame seem like a golden ticket to one big bouncy castle. Sure, Justin Timberlake is a ham, and probably could have been persuaded by some other host to perform a running History of Rap delivered in karaoke-style installments. But who else could have morphed into seventies Neil Young to perform Willow Smith’s ‘Whip My Hair’ and then gotten Bruce Springsteen, in his own self-mocking Born to Run getup, to join in?"
— Jada Yuan, Last Night With Jimmy Fallon: Into the Wee Hours With the Heir to TV’s Grandest Franchise (via vampiresontheweekend)
At first, after the whole Conan O’Brien Tonight Show debacle, I called Jay and said, “Hey, just so you know, I’m so happy here. I love Late Night. When 12:37 rolls around, no one watches, no one bothers me, NBC doesn’t even know I’m on the air! I’m not gunning for your job.” I just thought, I’m happy where I am, my wife’s trying to have a baby. But then Jay called and said, “Hey. I think this is my last year. I’m just feeling it. I think you’re perfect for The Tonight Show." And then he said, "You’re the closest to Johnny that anyone’s been." (x)