Star-studded week kicks off Jimmy Fallon’s new “Tonight Show” 

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  • This Jan. 13, 2013 file photo shows Jay Leno, host of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," left, and Jimmy Fallon, host of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" backstage at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. On Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, Leno, 63, is stepping down for the second and presumably last time, making way for his successor, Fallon, in New York. Fallon, 39, starts his "Tonight Show" on Feb. 17, with NBC hoping he rides the promotional wave of its Winter Olympics coverage.
NBC announced Monday that Will Smith will appear on the Feb. 17 debut of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” U2 will perform.

Justin Timberlake will close out the week, which will also include appearances by first lady Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell, Bradley Cooper, Kristen Wiig and Jerry Seinfeld.

Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and Tim McGraw will perform during the week.

The first four episodes of Jimmy Fallon’s new show will air at midnight following the Sochi Winter Olympics. Its regular time slot will be 11:35 p.m. EST.

Fallon replaces Jay Leno, who hosted “The Tonight Show” for 22 years. “Saturday Night Live” alum Seth Meyers is Fallon’s successor; his “Late Night” show debuts Feb. 24.

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Former “Saturday Night Live” actor Chris Kattan has been arrested for a suspected DUI.

Drake and Rihanna were spotted out at an L.A. nightclub Friday night.

Central Michigan University now offers a course on apocalyptic literature “From Revelation to ‘The Walking Dead’” partly inspired by the AMC television show.


Actor Taylor Lautner (“Twilight”) is 22.

Singer and actress Brandy is 35.

Singer D’Angelo is 40.

Actress Jennifer Aniston is 45.

Actor Burt Reynolds (“Smokey and the Bandit”) is 78.

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