Jimmy Fallon savors 'this exact feeling' before 'Tonight'

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Jimmy Fallon debuted as host of his new show, 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,' on Feb. 17. (Photo: Lloyd Bishop, AP)



(USA TODAY) Jimmy Fallon might be dealing with first-day jitters, but he's also taking time Monday to reflect before he takes his seat at the Tonight Show desk for the first time.

He posted a pep-talk of sorts on Instagram, emphasizing Monday's importance next to a photo of the new show's moon logo.

"February 17, 2014 This is it. We are starting a new chapter of the Tonight Show," he wrote. "I can't even begin to describe what we are all feeling right now here at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC. But - I know that we'll never have this exact feeling ever again. By this time tomorrow we'll no longer wonder what it would be like to do the Tonight Show. We can't put that feeling - that moment back in the bottle. All we can do is try to make the best show that we can and make people happy. And we will. Here's to the first of many. Fun."

The show kicks off Monday night at midnight on NBC.

Fallon takes over for Jay Leno as the sixth-ever host of The Tonight Show, which he's moving back to New York City for the first time since 1972, when Johnny Carsonbrought it to California.

But beyond some other tweaks, he told USA TODAY that his Late Night fans can rest assured they won't see too much else that's different. "The show I'm doing now is theTonight Show," he said. "We're not changing anything; the show will grow as I grow. We're just going to keep the best bits."

By Haley Blum, USA TODAY

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