*Does this mean that Questlove has truly “arrived?”
Not only is his band the new house band on a show that rests securely in ‘top dog’ history, but he was apparently so moved by the Bramhall World’s cartoon that continues to give flight to his latest gig as music director on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ that he sent his mom a special message via Instagram.
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Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon
*(Via MSN News/AP) — If Jimmy Fallon had already proven he was a natural hosting NBC’s “Late Night,” he left no doubt Monday that “The Tonight Show” now fits him like a glove.
As promised during the much-promoted run-up to his “Tonight Show” debut, Fallon made no drastic changes to the “Late Night” formula that had served him for five years. He remained funny, gracious, bubbly and, above all, comfortable presiding over a show that was different mostly for its earlier time slot, its classier production values and legendary brand name.
Ahmir Khalib Thompson aka Questlove and Full Force’s Bowlegged Lou
*Bowlegged Lou here speaking on behalf of myself & Full Force.
We would love to congratulate our boys. The Legendary Roots, with our brother Ahmir Khalib Thompson aka Questlove and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter!
Questlove will be making history in becoming the first hip hop influenced but yet versatile band leader for the iconic TONIGHT SHOW brand.
*Jay Leno signed off of the “Tonight Show” for good on Thursday, but not before basking in a musical sendoff orchestrated by his lone sit-down guest, Billy Crystal.
Set to The Sound of Music’s “So long, Farewell,” Crystal offered a few lines of repurposed lyrics, before surprise guests started coming out — each one a bit more famous than the last.
Jack Black, Kim Kardashian, Chris Paul, Sheryl Crow and Jim Parsons each sang a lyric before Crystal brought out the big guns: Carol Burnett and Oprah Winfrey.
*During a temporary split from his now-fiancée Gabrielle Union earlier this year, NBA star Dwyane Wade hooked up with another woman and fathered a son, reports Entertainment Tonight.
Union, 41, knew about the child before she accepted the Miami Heat guard’s proposal on Dec. 21, a source tells the show, and the pair worked through the issue privately.
Wade, 31, has reportedly known the baby’s mother for years and recently visited with his new son.
*Sean Sasser, of “The Real World: San Francisco,” has died at age 44, his friend and former castmate Judd Winick confirmed.
“Our friend Sean Sasser has died. Our love goes out to his family & husband Michael,” Winick tweeted. “We will miss u so much.”
We first met Sassser in the ‘90s as he dated a star of the “Real World” Pedro Zamora. Zamora was battling with HIV and AIDS during his stint on the show, which MTV gave a lot of coverage to until his death at age 22. His story on the show brought attention to a then taboo topic.
Sasser and Zamora exchanged rings during an episode of the “The Real World.” He also became an AIDS activist leading up to and after Pedro’s death.
*According to sources close to the show, Jay Leno will be leaving “The Tonight Show” on February 6. Leno has been the host of the late night series in 1992. His departure will make way for “Saturday Night Live” alum Jimmy Fallon. The crew of “The Tonight Show” will continue to be paid through September 2014, per the terms of Leno’s contract.
Leno is known for putting away the money he earns from the “Tonight Show” while living off of what he makes from comedy shows and other appearances.
Word is, the host is very generous to his crew having taken a 50 percent pay cut last year to save jobs. The show had apparently laid off about 20 employees.
Fallon currently hosts “Late Night,” which follows “Tonight.” He’s being replaced on that show by fellow “SNL” veteran Seth Meyers.