Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Will Be Called ‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’

When Jimmy Fallon takes over NBC’s Tonight Show in February of next year, the program will be reverting back to its old title. Fallon’s version will be called The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon instead of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, making him the first host to use the word “starring” in the title instead of “with” since Johnny Carson. The show had the word starring in the name under its first three hosts, Steve Allen, Jack Paar, and Carson, but the switch to “with” was made for Jay Leno in 1992 and “with” was also used for Conan O’Brien’s short stint as host. This is huge news for fans of late night or fans of semantics.

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