The 10 Things We Absolutely Hated About Jimmy Fallon's Historic Tonight Show Debut

It would be easy to hop aboard the bandwagon of near-universal praise for Jimmy Fallon‘s maiden voyage as host of The Tonight Show on NBC. But keeping it completely real, we can’t say we loved absolutely everything about the hour.

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And so, with the acknowledgement that constructive criticism can only make Fallon’s tenure at the late-night institution funnier, smarter and more addictive, we’ve cooked up a list of the 10 Things We Hated About His Tonight Show Debut.

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Click through the gallery below for a list of the weeds Fallon might want to consider pulling from his late-night garden, then hit the comments with your thoughts.

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  1. Jared Munson says:

    Hahahaha, that is awesome.

  2. Amanda says:

    This is the best post ever on this site!!!!! Love you guys!

    • Stacie says:

      Very very clever. And when I looked to see who wrote this article after I read it I wasn’t surprised by the authors. Really well done by both Slezak and Ausiello. But I guess we won’t see a Kim Kardashian interview on this website any time soon….darn.

      • S. says:

        Oh totally. I couldn’t figure out how Jimmy had done 10 things to be critical of so when all 10 slides were slamming Kim K on the show, I decided it was the best slideshow you’ve ever done. :)

    • c-mo says:

      Only thing that ruined it for me was having her face on my screen long enough to LMAO at each of the comments. Nice job Michaels!

  3. ktbanks says:

    I a huge Fallon fan, I clicked this link thinking I’d be mad…this was basically the best. Lol.

  4. Zayne says:

    I see what you did there. Well played TVLine.

  5. Jordan says:

    Lol!!!! That was funny! I was worried there for a second

  6. Lumplestilskin says:

    I agree with all 10.

  7. Amanda says:


  8. Lro says:

    Looooooooooooooooooove this so effin’ much. I was thinking the same when I saw her in that sketch “wtf is she doin’ there?”.

    • Wisconsinite says:

      Same here. I was upset that she was on Jay’s last show, and then she hopped on a plane to ruin Jimmy’s first show. I’ve had more than enough of her and her family showing up and being worshipped for what? Having a father who defended OJ?

  9. Kelly says:

    I love you guys. Well played.

  10. Leah says:

    I was a little mad at first that you found 10 things to hate about the show. But I completely agree on those 10 things. So funny!

  11. Mimsy says:

    That was great story. Kim K.’s appearance on end and beginning of two Tonight shows has made me believe in the Illuminati.

  12. Anna says:

    LOL. Well done.

  13. Henryp says:

    I generally enjoy this site and I have no time for any of the khardassians. I did not see the show last night but I assume her appearance was fleeting. This post just seems unnecessarily mean-spirited. It’s a bit like a not very funny joke repeated ad nauseam. Not really all that clever – did it really take two of you to come up with this idea.

    • uh huh says:

      Why don’t I believe that you “have no time for any of the Khardasians?”

      • TV Gord says:

        Yes, I agree that it was unnecessarily mean-spirited. That’s why I love it so much! Meanwhile, the Ks are just…unnecessary.

    • Melora says:

      No time for the Kardashians yet you post that you thought it was mean? So I am calling Bull and that you are still one of their remaining gullible fans.

      • Henryp says:

        Genuinely don’t have an opinion on the khardassians, but I did think the joke wasn’t that funny on slide 1 and it didn’t get better on repetition. However I appear to be in a minority of one. Doesn’t make my opinion wrong though :-)

        • Ed says:

          No, I agree with Henry. I realize that the zeitgeist suggests that it’s hilarious to keep trashing the Khardashians for their becoming famous for being famous, but at some point it becomes overkill. Yeah, she really shouldn’t have been there with actual performers, but maybe a little less venom could be wasted on glorifying the act of tearing her down.

    • Christy says:

      I agree. Seems like low-hanging fruit.

      I have no love for her, but I also don’t dislike her because I don’t know anything about her aside from the fact that it’s easy to pick on her.

    • Ali says:

      I agree, it is very mean-spirited. You’re entitled to an opinion (personally, I don’t watch the Kardashians and I think the show is too hyped up) but the comments above seem unnecessary.

    • Whatevah says:

      Oh brother.

  14. Jen says:

    Hilarious!! I also clicked ready to fight…this is awesome!!

  15. 80s says:

    Hilarious! A+!

  16. Steph says:

    LOL omg.

  17. Teag says:

    HAHA. Yes!

  18. I thought we were going to have a fight, TVLine… but I’m totally on board with this list. :D

  19. Pam says:

    Why should she ever be anywhere ever?

  20. SAM says:

    THANK YOU for saying what most sane people think!

  21. Justin says:

    THIS IS SO SHADY!!!!!!
    HAHAHAHA I love it

  22. J says:

    There are a bunch of smart people around here, how do we make her go away? She’s awful.

  23. CJ says:

    Clicked on this thinking I’d be upset because I thought the show was great, but this is hilarious. Well done. I totally agree – I don’t get why she was there. She did not deserve to be.

  24. Ryan says:

    Yeah, I’m VERY up on pop culture, and I’ve heard the name, but she was the only person who walked out that I didn’t recognize. I’m proud of that. I don’t watch any reality TV shows though, so that plays a role.

  25. mary says:

    i love this so much!!!!!

  26. s3steele says:

    I wondered why she was there, too. But then again; the more we complain about how much we hate her, the more she’ll be around.

  27. Ha ha love it! That was my big complaint as well! That and the set décor.

  28. Kre says:

    Ha, well played and I ABSOLUTELY agree with all 10.

  29. katrina says:

    omg..this is so perfect!!!! Wish she would go away!!!

  30. hanitje says:

    Thank you for saying it, 10 whole goddamn reasons for it! I was thinking the same thing. What the hell she was doing there?

  31. Rich Abey says:

    Five star article TVLine. I’m kind of a Jimmy Fallon fan and after watching his debut I was wondering “Were there really 10 things to absolutely hate about it?” and then i read this…made my day! :)

  32. Lina says:

    Ha!!!!!! I clicked on this so expecting to be infuriated. Too funny!!!!!!! I think it helps your case that when she came out my husband said “Who the heck is that?” lol!!!

  33. d says:

    A BIG thanks to the Michaels for this on point editorial! She is a Fame Whore! That is the only reason behind everything she does. 2 words. Sex Tape.

  34. Jill says:

    When I saw this, I couldn’t think of one thing I hated about the show, except Kim! Well played, TV LINE, well played!!!!

  35. Carol C says:

    Like the others, I almost didn’t read this post because I really enjoyed last night’s show and couldn’t imagine 10 negative things. Have to admit ~ you nailed it!

  36. Chelsea says:

    Nicely played. I did not, in fact, recognize that as Kim Kardashian and I was confused. Thanks for clearing that up and also making me feel pretty good about myself that I cannot pick her out of a crowd.

    Although, now I can. Damn it!

  37. Carol says:

    Well played guys, well played

  38. Potch says:

    That is just AWESOME! Thank you!

  39. Katrina says:

    This was the best article about Fallon’s debut so far. I often wonder the same WHHYYYYYYYY? myself whenever I see a Kardashian of any type anywhere

  40. Kristen says:


  41. Ann says:

    Haha, this! Thank you!

  42. I agree with reasons #1-#8 & #10, but #9? Garbage!

  43. Sarah says:


    Literally laughing out loud.

  44. Patrick says:

    This wins the internets.

  45. willhowcoop says:

    Best. Post. Ever. I agree…..whyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?

  46. Sara says:

    HAHAHAHAHA LOVE YOU Michael A & S…that’s so Michael K of you

  47. Amber says:

    Ok I clicked on this fully intending on being angry since I loved the show last night. But this was awesome! lol I don’t understand why they had her sully Jays last show and now Jimmys first one. The NBC execs must have some kind of binding agreement with Kanye West