Jimmy Fallon hands Seth Meyers the late night pickle

The future "Tonight Show" host continues the tradition started by David Letterman



Prachi Gupta
January 29, 2014 8:55PM (UTC)

Jimmy Fallon has handed upcoming "Late Night" host and fellow "SNL" alum Seth Meyers the proverbial torch, which, for late night television hosts, is a giant pickle.

David Letterman started the tradition in 1993, when his staff handed it over to Conan O'Brien, who then gave the large plastic pickle to Fallon in 2009.

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Meyers, who will be leaving "SNL," admitted that he is worried "about the interviewing" on late night television. "Obviously, that's a thing you have to learn by doing," he said to Fallon -- though he's become a pro by interviewing his old stuffed animals in the meantime.

But Meyers shouldn't face too much of a challenge with his first guest, who is "SNL" colleague Amy Poehler.

Fallon, who has edged out Jay Leno as the “Tonight Show” host, will move to the 11:35 p.m. time slot starting Feb. 17. Meyers will replace Fallon as NBC's "Late Night" host on Feb. 24.

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Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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