Fallon keeps deal with Emanuel, brings ‘Tonight Show’ to Chicago

SHARE Fallon keeps deal with Emanuel, brings ‘Tonight Show’ to Chicago

Jimmy Fallon is coming back to Chicago and this time, he’s bringing “The Tonight Show” with him.

The late-night host announced on Thursday’s programthat he’ll broadcast his NBC chatfest from Chicago thanks to a deal he sealed with Rahm Emanuel when the mayor was a guest on “The Tonight Show” in June. Emanuel had used his not-so-subtle powers of persuasion to make Fallon promise — over a handshake on national TV — to bring the show to Chicago if city kids hit the books.

“A few months ago Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel came on the show and threatened me,” joked Fallon, whosesupposed fear of the mayorwas the genesis of their latest wager. “No, he made a friendly bet with me and said if the kids of Chicago read 2.4 million books over the summer we’d take the show there for a visit. Well the kids didn’t read 2.4 million books. They read 2.7 million books.”


The Latest
Mayor Lori Lightfoot locking in endorsements ahead of the 2023 mayoral election.
Federal standards are needed to regulate driver-assisted technology, says Steven Cliff, the new head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The FDA will have to decide the exact recipe. But expect a combination shot that adds protection against omicron or some of its newer relatives to the original vaccine.
A man was walking to his car in the 300 block of North Avers Street when a gunman approached and demanded his belongings, according to police.
The incident occurred around 11 p.m. in the 1200 block of South Kildare Street, police said.