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They may be competing for viewers in the tight ratings race, but the late-night hosts were full of positive encouragement for Seth Meyers.
Before the former Saturday Night Live castmember made his debut at the helm of Late Night, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Craig Ferguson all had good luck messages for the newcomer.
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The Tonight Show host Fallon started Monday’s show by referring to Meyers’ inevitable nerves. “I felt the same way last week,” he said, adding: “He’ll do great!”
Sharing the love, Meyers thanked his predecessor Fallon when he took the hot seat for the first time — and even penned him a famous “Thank you note.”
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Earlier in the day, Fallon encouraged his viewers — which topped 11 million last week — to stick around for his former SNL co-star.
Congrats to the team @LateNightSeth!! Tune in tonight after our show.
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) February 24, 2014
Meanwhile, the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host sent a message to his rival over on NBC:
best wishes to the smart, funny, handsome and exceptionally-friendly @sethmeyers , making his late night debut tonight xo
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 24, 2014
Craig Ferguson also has some hilarious words for Meyers, tweeting:
Good luck and God speed to the lovely @sethmeyers , welcome to the dysfunctional family
— Craig Ferguson (@CraigyFerg) February 24, 2014
It wasn’t just the late-night stars who were excited about Seth’s debut, as Hollywood expressed their anticipation over his first show. Steve Martin wrote:
Can’t wait to watch Seth Meyers if I can wake up that early.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) February 25, 2014
ESPN’s Bill Simmons made sure to offer double congratulations to Meyers and Kimmel, who aired his 2,000th episode on Monday.
Congrats to @sethmeyers for Show no. 1 and congrats to my old boss @jimmykimmel for Show no. 2000. Repeat: TWO THOUSAND!!! Good times.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) February 25, 2014
Even Katie Couric cheered Seth on:
Good luck to @sethmeyers on the premiere of @latenightseth tonight!
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) February 24, 2014
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