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The stars were out en masse last night -- both in front of and behind the camera -- to support newly-christened "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon during his debut hosting gig.

Hollywood heavyweights, including Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, and Spike Lee, all contributed to Fallon's first show behind the "Tonight" desk, with Smith serving as the first official guest. De Niro and Fey made brief cameos during an excellent extended gag that involved more than a dozen celebrities; the host introduced the bit by thanking his fans for their support throughout his transition from "Late Night" to "Tonight," then called out a certain someone for doubting his chances.

"To my buddy who said I'd never be the host of 'The Tonight Show' -- and you know who you are -- you owe me 100 bucks, buddy," Fallon said, cuing 14 stars to waltz in, one by one, and silently fork over cash. De Niro led the pack, perhaps in a nod to his distinction as Fallon's first (and reluctant) guest on "Late Night" back in 2009. He was followed by Fey, Seth Rogen, Tracy Morgan, Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Jessica Parker, and more surprise guests. (The whole clip is worth a watch, mostly thanks to the audience's escalating glee at the over-the-top cameos.)

The star-studded evening didn't stop there. In addition to Smith -- who also performed "Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing" alongside Fallon, complete with baggy, one-strap-undone overalls -- U2 stopped by for an interview, and Bono and co. performed an acoustic rendition of their Oscar-nominated song "Ordinary Love" from the biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." Fallon's "Tonight Show" bow will also forever be linked to another Oscar nominee: Lee, who directed the program's title sequence. Fallon explained that he wanted a New York filmmaker to shoot the sequence in honor of "Tonight"'s return to NYC following more than four decades of filming in Los Angeles. Plus, Lee's involvement came with another benefit.

"Our show opens with a Spike Lee joint," Fallon explained.

[via The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, SlashFilm]
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