Jimmy Fallon Roots Tonight Show

UPDATE: ?uestlove broke his silence on the subject of the whether The Roots will follow Jimmy Fallon when he moves to the Tonight Show, speaking to Fuse TV at today’spop up performance for RBMA. ?uesto starts off by pointing out that “The Tonight Show is coming to us” and reaffirming what we’ve been saying all along, ie that The Roots will stay with Fallon for the move. However as he points out, all that is “still a year away…anything could happen.” Watch below for the full Q&A:

Even before yesterday’s official statement from NBC announcing Jay Leno‘s departure from The Tonight Show after 22 years to be replaced by Jimmy Fallon in the spring of 2014, rumors were flying and one question kept coming up: Will The Roots be joining him? Of course, to us, the question seems a bit silly because…a Jimmy Fallon talk show without The Roots band? Imagine–how would that even work, exactly? I mean, who would slow-jam news?

So will ?uesto may have to get used to being called ‘The Funk Doc Severinson’? The fact is, the official statements have made no mention of The Roots, and both Jimmy and ?uestlove have been keeping quiet on the subject. Meanwhile, Black Thought and percussionist Frank Knuckles have let it be known via twitter that the band is staying. Nothing can officially be confirmed but it’s our understanding that Jimmy has every intention of taking The Roots with him–and why wouldn’t he? The band have been instrumental in making the show what it is…don’t believe us, juh watch (scroll down)

Black Thought The Roots TwitterFrank Knuckles The Roots Twitter


  • Mikeeo2

    While obviously happy this gives even more exposure to the hardest working band around, I can’t help but weep a little at the thought of more time between gigs (in Europe and Australia especially…)

    🙁 bittersweet…..

  • tomandyourmom

    Why is the JT greatest hits clip up there? It’s a great clip, but I didn’t think the Roots were involved.

    • SS

      WHAT!?!?! Hahahahhahaa

    • tomandyourmom

      Uh, can I help you? The band playing in the Justin Timberlake greatest hits link is not the Roots.

    • tomandyourmom

      Ahh, I see they’ve pulled the clip in question down. Hence your confusion 🙂

  • Dave

    This seems to me to be a ridiculous question… why would they stick with Jay Leno, someone who has a very rigid sense of humor, but not with someone like Jimmy Fallon, who has a very multicultural sense of humor. Multiculturalism, at it’s base, in my eyes is the ability to make fun of cultural and racial distinctive attributes (including north amercan writes). it ( laughing/ comedy ) is the best way of dealing with our differences and difficulties

    • micahwhite

      I”m thinking you misunderstood the question.

  • Kev

    The roots are the only reason I even tune into Fallon.

  • am

    The Roots make him look good. Jimmy can be funny but I don’t watch the show to see him.

  • king023

    mariah carey got som fat titties

  • Dan

    I’m sorry folks but the Roots suck. I really like Fallon but I turn off the sound when the Roots play. I just don’t understand the hype. I’m sure I’m missing something as I’m a huge Springsteen fan and I know he likes and has played with them. Their vocals sucks, the sound of the snare drum drives me crazy and there is way to much pretentiousness and attitude coming from the band.

    I’m sure you all are going to trash me for giving my opinion…

    • corwin zelazney

      Nope. I completely agree with you. Anytime There’s a regular weekly feature like pros and cons or tonight show dictionary or whatever they just sing what its called over and over. Same things with guests. They sort of sing/repeat the guests name. it sounds like something a five year old would do making a fake show in the living room for their parents.

      and when they’re not doing that bill introduced a guest with a song that makes no sense for the guests other than some sort of a weird play on their name. The other night Sigourney Weaver was on and they were playing Dreamweaver. WTF?!

      Whatever is supposed to be so good about them is NOT on display on the Tonight Show.