After a performance by NBCU talk show host and longtime Voice coach Kelly Clarkson singing “Queen of the Night,” Fallon took the stage at Radio City Music Hall to bottom-line the network’s current lineup.
“NBC has four options,” joked Fallon. “Me, Kelly Clarkson, Dick Wolf and anything that happens in Chicago.”
He also poked fun at Peacock’s subscriber base. “There are roughly 6,000 people in this room. Statistically speaking, six of you have signed up.” He then added, “Peacock has 60 million users. [The programming is] The Office, Miami Vice and that newest hit repeat, Yellowstone.”
Fallon slammed CNN+ for making “Quibi look good,” before taking an indirect swipe at Will Smith, whose Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot, drama Bel-Air, had a successful first season on Peacock that coincided with the Oscars where Smith slapped presenter Chris Rock onstage.
“How about the reboot of Bel Air? Did we nail the timing on that or what? Nailed it!”
The stars of the Peacock series later appeared on stage at the upfront talking about their show while avoiding any reference to Smith.
NBC kept the funny going with an SNL short featuring the Please Don’t Destroy sketch comedy trio of Martin Herlihy, John Higgins, and Ben Marshall. They did a send-up on “new” hits coming to NBC. Among them: Old Urkle starring an aged Kenan Thompson and Voice The, which features judges who turn their chairs the opposite direction when the song they hear makes them want to snooze.
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