First lady Michelle Obama hosts a workshop, Nov. 8, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
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Michelle Obama to join Fallon during first week on Tonight Show


She has joined him for fitness competitions and dance-offs, and now first lady Michelle Obama will join Jimmy Fallon for another big face-off as he stakes his claim in the prime late-night comedy time slot during his first week as host of the Tonight Show.

Obama is scheduled to join Fallon on Feb. 20 in New York City’s Rockefeller Center, as the show returns to the same studio Johnny Carson helmed it from decades ago. 

Michelle Obama onced joked with Fallon that she might want to take over the show that Carson and Jay Leno hosted for so many years, in a response to a question about her future plans and whether she would join what Fallon called a “dream team – Michelle and Hillary 2016.”

“I have my eye actually on another job. You know, I hear that when Jay Leno retires that the onight Show position is going to be open, and I’m thinking about putting my hat in the ring,” she said, to laughter from Fallon and the audience. 

The Obamas have been regulars on Fallon’s Late Night program, and the TV host has visited the White House and developed a decent vocal impression of the president (check it out in this clip at 2:43). 

Both the president and first lady have proved they’re willing to go beyond the usual sit-down interview during their past appearances, joining Fallon for extra sketch-type segments. The first lady and Fallon faced off for a physical fitness challenge at the White House in 2012 as part of her Let’s Move initiative, and the president helped Fallon “slow jam” the news later that year.

But the biggest viral hit came when the first lady and Fallon teamed up last February for the “Evolution of Mom Dancing,” pulling in more than 16 million YouTube views. 

Check out some of the highlights from past appearances below. 

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Michelle Obama to join Fallon during first week on Tonight Show