Jimmy Fallon asked to host ‘Tonight Show’ in Philadelphia for week of July 4th

Jimmy Fallon and his "Tonight Show" house band, The Roots, joined Idina Menzel for a special rendition of her hit song "Let it Go" from Disney's "Frozen."
Jimmy Fallon and his “Tonight Show” house band, The Roots, joined Idina Menzel for a special rendition of her hit song “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen.”

Sure, The Roots, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Ed Sheeran and a 5-ton Wawa hoagie will be in attendance for the weeklong “Welcome America!” festivities leading up to the Fourth of July, but one special guest has yet to accept the City of Philadelphia’s invitation.

Namely, Jimmy Fallon.

“We’re working on it,” said Mayor Michael Nutter, who was at Liberty Place in Center City on Monday for the official “Welcome America!” announcement.

Nutter said the city asked Fallon to broadcast “The Tonight with Jimmy Fallon” from the City of Brotherly Love during the Independence Day-themed festival this summer.

“It’s just something that I’ve thrown out there, but you know, obviously it takes a lot to move an entire production outfit to another city, and every city would want them,” Nutter said.

“On the other hand,” he added, “We would be the easiest place to go, certainly only an hour down the road, so we’ll see.”

Amir “Questlove” Thompson, a native Philadelphian and co-founder of The Roots, which perform nightly as Fallon’s house band on the New York-based talk show, said the idea is still up in the air.

“I see it as a possibility,” Thompson said. “We’re going to talk about travel and doing certain places soon.”

Nutter, who also announced that the festival will start on June 29 and end with an all-day free concert on July 4, said Philadelphia has hosted a popular talk show in the past.

“Back in 2008, some people don’t remember, but we had [Stephen] Colbert for a week during the campaign,” he said. “It was at the University of Pennsylvania, but so, with [The Roots] being here and from here, and people love Jimmy Fallon, and that combination, I’ve thrown it out there.”

Nutter added: “And [New York] Mayor [Bill de Blasio] said he would talk to them about it.”

_____________________

Follow Tommy Rowan on Twitter: @tommyrowan

Follow Metro Philadelphia on Twitter: @metrophilly

Follow Metro Philadelphia on Facebook: Metro Philadelphia



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

California passes 'yes-means-yes' campus sexual assault bill

Californian lawmakers passed a law on Thursday requiring universities to adopt "affirmative consent" language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on…

National

Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all…

By Stephanie NebehayGENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance…

International

North Korean leader's money manager defects in Russia:…

A senior North Korean banking official who managed money for leader Kim Jong Un has defected in Russia and was seeking asylum in a third country, a South Korean newspaper…

Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 29,…

The Department of Transportation and NYPD said there may be residual delays near all of the street closures on August 29, 31 and 31. Several streets and avenues will be…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

Movies

Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Entertainment

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly…

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…