When you’re a star, they let you do it.
A new NBC show called The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will make its debut with a presidential debate on April 25, 2020, and the first time it’s ever been on a primetime network, sources tell PEOPLE.
The show, which has a star-studded cast including Melissa McCarthy, Tina Fey, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon, David Spade, and John Oliver, is being developed by NBCUniversal’s NBCUniversal Studios Television Group.
The debate will be hosted by Fallon and will feature two former presidents, who will compete for the party’s presidential nomination.
In the coming weeks, Fallon will air his new comedy special, The Tonight with Jimmy Fallon Live.
Fallon also will star in the live show, with the show airing from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
ET/PT on NBC on April 30.
Fallon will host a special roundtable with other celebrities, comedians, politicians, and others who have participated in the debate.
It will air on NBCSN and NBC Sports Network, as well as online at NBCSN.com and NBCSports.com.
The premiere of The Tonight With Jimmy Fallon live show is the first primetime presidential debate of the 2020 cycle, which includes debates on March 5 and March 11, 2020.
Fallon is also the first host to appear on a regular NBC program since former President George W. Bush in 2004.
Fallon has been a regular on the network since 2014, and has hosted The Tonight Wants You, the first live show for the network in 20 seasons.
He previously hosted the Jimmy Kimmel Live!
special, Jimmy Kimmel, which premiered in 2016.
He also has appeared in The Tonight Rides Again and hosted the Tonight Show Live with Jay Leno in 2016, and will host The Tonight Sports Report Live in 2017.
The network’s president of programming, Chris McCarthy, said the network is excited to bring the debate to its platform.
“It’s an important opportunity to show the world that this presidential race has really taken off since the first presidential debate in September 2016, when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) faced off for the first major debate in a long time,” McCarthy said.
“We’ve had two big debates in the last few weeks, and we can’t wait to see how the conversation turns out.”
The presidential debates are not expected to air on the same date as NBC’s primetime slate of primetime shows.
In addition to The Tonight w/ Jimmy Fallon and Fallon Live, NBCSN will also air The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert, The Late Late Show with James Corden, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, and The Tonight at 10:30pm ET/ PT.