Jimmy takes some time to pay tribute to Late Show host David Letterman and wish him well on his retirement.
“I want to take a minute to talk about David Letterman, who I’m sure everyone here knows will be retiring after 33 years of innovation, fun and just plain weirdness—but mostly fun,” he said. “I, like many of you, grew up watching Dave. Everybody did. I mean, if you saw somebody throw watermelons off a roof and you go, ‘Oh my gosh. Adults get paid for doing that?’ That type of stuff had never been done on TV before. This is at 12:30. This is after The Tonight Show. All you had was Johnny Carson, so this is kind of like unexplored space. This is like the Wild, Wild West. I think this show and what late-night has become is a result of him playing with the genre and experimenting and exploring and doing that stuff. I, like every kid who grew up watching him, will miss him.”
Fallon then pulled out his eighth grade yearbook.
“At the end, my teacher makes predictions about what her students were going to go on to do…It says, ‘James Fallon will replaced David Letterman on the Late Night show.’ I want to go to the racetrack with this teacher in two weeks. It’s pretty close. It’s so weird because I never thought I was going to do a job like this…so when they offered me to do the Late Night show before this show, and I was like, ‘God.’ I talked to my wife and I go, ‘I don’t know. Should I do this thing?’ And she goes, ‘Yeah! You’d be great.’ She goes, ‘Take a chance. If anything, the list is short. There’s only two other people who’ve done it before you: Conan O’Brien and David Letterman. So even if you fail, it’s still a good list to be on.'”