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Jimmy Fallon: Networking Is Key To Success


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Jimmy Fallon is a nice guy who finished first.

Gratitude helped a lot with his success:

Fallon tells Men's Journal, "Marci gave me a bit of advice: 'After every show, go over to Lorne and you thank him for the show.' And I did. I thanked him every single show." After a few weeks of this, Michaels invited him to sit down and have a drink with him and a coterie of celebrities. Within a few seasons, Fallon habitually joined Michaels after every show to go over the night's performance.

Michaels developed a rare friendship with Fallon. "There's some kind of very strong connection. I can't really describe it beyond that. But it just has always been there," Michaels tells Men's Journal.

Fallon left SNL in 2004 to pursue a movie career, and after a few flops, he felt stuck. When the late night world started to shift, Michaels convinced Fallon to take Conan O'Brien's vacated seat on NBC's "Late Night" in 2009.

After "The Tonight Show" drama of O'Brien's short stint as host and Jay Leno's return, Michaels decided that his trusted Fallon would take the renowned position.

Fallon made a point of connecting with Leno while he was host of "Late Night," and would call him to ask for advice. Leno says their conversations gave him insight into what made Fallon so successful in such a relatively short time.

"Most people in show business think they know everything. They don't really listen to the other person. They just wait for the other person to stop talking. Respectful is the best word I can use for Jimmy," Leno tells Men's Journal.

Fallon sees no need for bad blood with anyone. He speaks highly of his competitors Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, and he broke Johnny Carson's decades-old "Tonight Show" ban of the late Joan Rivers due to a perceived betrayal.

His approach has worked. Since starting in February 2014, Fallon has attracted around 4 million viewers each night, with a much higher share of the 18-49 demographic than his predecessor, helped by many of his skits going viral on YouTube.

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