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Last week marked the debut of the new Tonight Show featuring Jimmy Fallon, and the longtime Late Night host and Saturday Night Live alum brought along his house band for the past five years, The Roots, for the prestigious new gig. This week, while discussing the 15-year anniversary of the band’s Things Fall Apart, XXL asked Black Thought about the first few days of The Tonight Show.
“It went as well as can be expected, if not better,” Thought said of the show, which had Will Smith, Justin Timberlake, Michelle Obama and Rick Ross as guests, among others. “We’ve had really good ratings. But again, I think some of that has had something to do with The Olympics airing right before us. And there’s something to be said about the hype of the transition.”
Thought may be cautious about the show’s beginnings, but that seemingly comes from a place of not wanting to get too excited before the show settles into a groove. The excitement of something new can fade, even though the group has gotten off to a strong start with long-running segments such as The History Of Rap and The Evolution Of Hip-Hop Dancing. But Thought thinks things will settle down soon.
“Now that The Olympics have come and gone, let’s see after the dust settles a little bit where we are,” he said, laughing, about the show. “Right now, things are going great, if not perfectly. But it might just be too early to give [an opinion]. Holla back at me in a few weeks. I’ll let you know if we’ve hit our stride or not.” —Dan Rys (@danrys)
Previously: The Roots’ 14 Best Moments With Jimmy Fallon
Black Thought Revisits The Roots’ Things Fall Apart 15 Years Later
Justin Timberlake & Jimmy Fallon Perform “History Of Rap”
Will Smith And Jimmy Fallon Perform “The Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing”