The week of Feb. 3 begins NBC’s late-night hosting transition, with Jay Leno ending (again) his 20-plus-year run as host of The Tonight Show. The Tonight Show‘s new helmer, Jimmy Fallon — who takes over as host starting Feb. 17 — will also be ending his current hosting gig this week, when he bids farewell to Late Night after five years. Seth Meyers, who himself just said goodbye to Saturday Night Live on Feb. 1, will be the new host of Late Night starting Feb. 24.
Before the changeovers, though, Leno and Fallon will each bring their current stints to an end with a week of notable, and sometimes poignant, guests and looks back. Leno’s last show on Feb. 6 will feature Billy Crystal, who also was Leno’s very first Tonight Show guest, and Monday’s show will find Leno hosting Fallon in a sort of “changing of the guard” moment. Fallon’s final Late Night on Feb. 7 will include a visit from The Muppets.
Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon Final Week Guest Lists (Feb. 3-7)
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35pm ET on NBC)
Feb. 3: Jimmy Fallon, Betty White, musical guest Bonnie Raitt
Feb. 4: Matthew McConaughey, Charles Barkley, musical guest Lyle Lovett
Feb. 5: Sandra Bullock, Blake Shelton, musical guest Vintage Trouble
Feb. 6 (Jay Leno’s final Tonight Show): Billy Crystal, Garth Brooks
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (12:35am ET on NBC)
Feb. 3: The Best of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Musical Sketches
Feb. 4: The Best of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Digital Originals
Feb. 5: The Best of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Guest Comedy
Feb. 6: Colin Farrell, Chris Pratt, musical guest 2 Chainz
Feb. 7 (Jimmy Fallon’s final Late Night): Andy Samberg, musical guest The Muppets