Jimmy Fallon, the host of ‘The Tonight Show’ announced last week that he will return this week with the Show. This is after the end of the writers’ strike. All late-night shows, including ‘The Tonight Show’ were some of the first to shut down after the Writers’ Guild of America (WGA) called its strike on May 2nd. After the second-longest hiatus in WGA strike history, what can viewers expect from the returning shows? Let’s find out.
Even after the WGA strike ended, the actors’ SAG-AFTRA strike is still ongoing. So it will be interesting to see which actors can appear as guests on the show and what things they will be able to discuss with Jimmy. For now, any actor who appears on the late-night show will still not be allowed to promote or plug any work that is under strike. This is as per strike rules.
So it is likely that the starry guests are more likely to be musicians or people in other entertainment fields. If not, the actors will have to promote projects other than movies, or they will simply have to avoid talking about their work.
On Monday, The Tonight Show opened with Matthew McConaughey; John Mayer; musical guest John Mayer, and Tuesday, Oct. 3 will feature Taraji P. Henson; Geri Halliwell-Horner; musical guest Jelly Roll. On Wednesday, this will be followed by Chelsea Handler, and musical guest Carly Pearce. The Show will be returning to screens after a five-month hiatus.
Fallon was ecstatic to kick off the show on Monday. “I am so excited to be here. I am so excited. Seriously. I’m more excited than a guy seeing Beetlejuice with Lauren Boebert. I’m more excited than a Jets fan during the first three plays of the season. Everyone’s excited, today my dad called me up to say he can finally watch Kimmel again,” he said at the opening show. Fallon also said that he was happy that the writers who went on strike were finally able to get the fair deal that they deserved.