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Jimmy Fallon's talk-show band is a shocker

Behind every great talk-show host is a great house band. Letterman has Paul Schaffer, Carson had Doc Severson, and Conan O'Brien has Max Weinberg. Former Saturday Night Live rubber-faced man Jimmy Fallon will be joining the late-night talk-show ranks next year, and (brace yourselves) accompanying him musically will be...

...noted Philadelphia-based hip-hoppers The Roots, says The Philadelphia Daily News. Yep, Fallon and The Roots. That certainly qualifies as a nomination for shocker of the century.

Fallon will take to the desk at 12:30 a.m. sometime in early 2009 (think March or April), replacing the slot vacated by O'Brien's departure to the 11:30 p.m. slot. The domino effect was caused by NBC's announcement that it would be parting ways with Jay Leno and his duties as The Tonight Show host on May 29, 2009. O'Brien is due to take some time off from Late Night before taking over for good for Leno in June.

The pairing of Fallon and The Roots is quizzical, with Fallon being a white boy and star of "comedies" such as Taxi and The Roots' fusion of jazz, R&B;, and hip-hop garnering critical acclaim and establishing the act as one of the "realest," but it's clearly an angle geared toward marketing to the kids.

The Roots are no strangers to the comedy circuit, having worked with Stephen Colbert and Dave Chappelle previously (you may remember the superior-coiffed Roots drummer ?uestlove pounding the drums at a barber shop in an episode of Chappelle's Show).

Is anyone out there as shocked as I am?

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Jimmy Fallow - ewww.
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How the hell is a hip hop act suposed to be a house band. Hip hop is based on lyrics and house bands on talk show are there to supply filler music. This is almost as bad an idea as having Fallon hosting.
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Something different. Can't be worse than the current late night stuff.
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Jimmy Fallon is awful. I won't waste anytime watching him host a talk show. He'll just laugh through every interview, act funny when he thinks he's funny when he's really not.
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Is the odd pairing meant to be funny? Maybe they think the audience will find it humorous to see them clash on the show. I think it's gonna be a love-or-hate thing really.
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I like Jimmy Fallon I think he'll be really funny.
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Wow...who did the Roots piss off to get stuck with Jimmy Fallon?
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thats cool . i like the roots. fallons ok. should be good
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Fallon was at Florida State University on November 14.
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was never a fan of fallon but i'll tune in to see how bad he is going to mess things up
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Interesting.
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im not shocked i think the roots are perfect for this and they never seem to surprise me, i think this is a really good idea and will work very well
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