Jimmy Fallon bid his 969-episode run on the Late Show farewell last night in a mixture of witty and emotional one-liners. Sharing that has told over 10,000 monologue jokes in the last five years, Fallon also shared the stage with the Muppets for a rendition of the Band’s “The Weight.”
“I’ll especially miss the battle for late night ratings with my fierce rivals — Craig Ferguson and a veggie chopper infomercial,” he told the audience during his final monologue.
After thanking his Late Night predecessors David Letterman and Craig Ferguson, Fallon took an emotional moment to show appreciation to the viewers that made the show possible.
“I want to thank the fans. I can’t believe it,” he said. “This didn’t exist five years ago. There was no such thing as this show five years ago. Isn’t that crazy to even believe that? It means the world to me. You make me so happy. Thank you so much.”
Fallon is slated to replace Jay Leno on The Tonight Show on Feb. 17. Seth Meyer will take over as host of Late Show.