Jimmy Fallon looks back on his first year of 'Late Night'

ate Night host Jimmy Fallon has survived his first year in the NBC late-night waters, a particularly impressive feat given that he spent part of his rookie season caught in the middle of the tumultuous Jay Leno/Conan O'Brien Tonight Show ­debacle. Still, Fallon views the whole experience in his typically upbeat fashion: 'It actually added to the excitement.' Fallon and his team have built an audience by delivering buzzy comedy bits like 'Lick It for Ten,' 'Slow Jammin' the News,' and their spoof of Bravo's Real Housewives franchise, called 'The Real Housewives of Late Night.' With March 2 marking Fallon's one-year anniversary on Late Night, EW met up with the host at his office for a candid discussion about the past 12 months, the Conan and Jay fallout, and that time a guest showed up with swine flu.

On his first show

'I remember it was a blizzard and I was so frightened that Van Morrison and Justin Timberlake weren't gonna show up. I knew [Robert] De Niro lived in the city, so, like, he's gotta be here. I was gonna call Tina Fey because she lives here too. I remember at the commercial break, they were patting the sweat off me - now we've lowered the temperature in the studio because I was sweating too much. I drank two Red Bulls before I went out. Talk about sweat. I was like Tom Sizemore on Celebrity Rehab. So [exec producer] Lorne [Michaels] banned Red Bull.'

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