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Jimmy Fallon's first 'Tonight Show' guests include Justin Timberlake, Michelle Obama

It’s no secret that U2 will be the first musical guest to take the stage when The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon premieres Feb. 17, but now they have some company. Viewers who tune in during Fallon’s first week can expect to see performances by Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, and more. Additionally, Fallon will feature a stacked lineup of non-musical guests, including Jerry Seinfeld and first lady Michelle Obama.

Read on to find out who’s scheduled to stop by during the first week of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:

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'SNL' ratings hold steady with Tina Fey-hosted premiere

Saturday Night Live has gone through a serious shift during its offseason, losing Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Jason Sudeikis, adding six new castmembers, and putting Cecily Strong in the Weekend Update chair. One thing that didn’t change, however, is the ratings.

The Tina Fey-led premiere averaged a 4.7 rating and a 2.7 among adults 18-49 — equaling the numbers for the Ben Affleck-hosted season finale in May. The rating is a 10th of a point below last year’s season premiere.

SNL returns next week with Miley Cyrus as host and musical guest, while Bruce Willis will host on Oct. 12 with musical guest Katy Perry.

Tina Fey, Miley Cyrus, Bruce Willis to host 'SNL' this fall

So much for those Lindsay Lohan rumors.

No, the star of 2004′s Mean Girls will not return to host Saturday Night Live‘s 39th season premiere. Instead, the venerable sketch show will give viewers the writer of Mean Girls: Tina Fey, erstwhile 30 Rock star, onetime SNL head writer and frequent SNL guest. This will be Fey’s third time hosting since leaving the comedy series in 2006.

Fey will be joined by Arcade Fire when the show premieres on Sept. 28. The Canadian rockers are also third-time guests of Saturday Night Live, performing twice as musical guest and once to help the show’s cast and crew say goodbye to Kristen Wiig.

This afternoon, NBC also announced hosts and musical guests for two more upcoming episodes of SNL. Professional provocateur Miley Cyrus will serve as host and musical guest on Oct. 5, while Bruce Willis will host on Oct. 12 with musical guest Katy Perry.

Both Cyrus and Willis have hosted the show once before — Cyrus in 2011 and Willis in 1989 (three years before Cyrus was born). Perry last appeared on the show as host in 2011.

Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): Inside Kristen Wiig's enchanting last dance on 'SNL'

After seven seasons on Saturday Night Live, Kristen Wiig said goodbye on May 19. She’d co-written and starred in the surprise 2011 blockbuster Bridesmaids and the time had come, just as it had for stars like Chevy and Eddie and Will before her. SNL godfather Lorne Michaels called her one of the “top three or four” performers the show had ever produced, and during her reign, the show was dominated by sketches filled with the likes of the Target Lady, tiny-handed Dooneese, and compulsive one-upper Penelope.

Colin Jost started writing for Saturday Night Live in 2005, the same year that Wiig began as a featured player. They connected creatively and ultimately collaborated on several sketches, including some of her Björk bits and a commercial parody for Red Flag perfume. With Mick Jagger hosting the season finale, Jost assumed the responsibility of sending her off in style. The premise he came up with could not have been more simple — Jagger bidding farewell to an honored “graduate” with an impromptu dance  — but when each cast member cut in to share one last moment while Arcade Fire played the Stones’ “She’s a Rainbow,” the effect was magical.

For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes) coverage.

As told by: Colin Jost

I don’t think I raised the bar in any way. I think people find different ways of saying goodbye or people find different ways of saying goodbye to them. I remember when Will Ferrell left, he had a really funny documentary where people talked about Will, and Tracy Morgan talks about how Will Ferrell stole from him and [says] really mean stuff. I remember that Tina [Fey] and Jimmy [Fallon] had done one that was like a “Summer Lovin” from Grease kind of farewell. So people have different ways of doing it, and I think this is just one of them. READ FULL STORY

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