Billboard cover sneak peek: 5 ways Jimmy Fallon doesn't lose his cool

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There's a reason Jimmy Fallon is the reigning king of late night -- you can't break his cool. That's not to say the SNL regular turned Tonight Show host doesn't get silly. Quite the opposite, Fallon has brought goofy games and gags back into late-night rotation in a big way.

But you just can't break Fallon's spirit -- the man doesn't seem to get rattled by much.

Billboard learned that first-hand while spending time with Fallon for this week's cover story, part of Billboard's special TV & Music issue. Ahead of Jonathan Ringen's full article, which comes out Thursday, Sept. 17, here are five examples.

Rolling With Justin Bieber's Last-Minute Change of Plans

The morning of the singer's Tonight Show appearance, Bieber decided to axe a planned sketch on The Tonight Show - after Fallon had tweeted about it.

"I wish they'd told me weeks ago because today's the day, and now we have to crunch and think of an idea to do. And I have to apologize to the crew guys who built the set and the wardrobe people and everyone," Fallon says. "But it's not what he does. He's here to sing, so as long as he's comfortable and it sounds good, then we did our job."

Staying Friendly With the Competition

Although Stephen Colbert has moved into the time slot opposite The Tonight Show, Fallon isn't interested in courting a rivalry. "[Jimmy] Kimmel was great to me -- when I came on he was very supportive," Fallon says. "So I'm going to be just as supportive as I can be to Colbert." He did just that with a quick cameo on Colbert's Late Show debut.

No Finger? No Problem!

Fallon didn't lose his finger (thankfully), but a freak fall at home in June involving his wedding ring almost severed it from his hand. U2 sent their condolences after suffering recent falls of their own. "Bono was one of the first emails," says Fallon, adopting an Irish brogue. "He said, 'Welcome to the club, my Irish brother.' And Edge sent me a thing. He fell too! I mean, it's insane. I go, 'Why are we all falling? What the hell is wrong with us?'"

He Doesn't Take Sides

Jon Stewart cited the exhausting political grind as part of the reason he left the Daily Show earlier this year, but Fallon doesn't seem prone to the same problem. "When it comes to the show, I don't have a dog in the fight. If [politicians] want to come on, my job is to make them look good, no matter who it is...The fact that Trump decided to do our show over other shows is an honor. Hillary could have done any other show. But she chose ours."

He's Up for Whatever

Despite what Lorne Michaels describes as the "grueling pace" of late night TV, Fallon tells Billboard, "If we have an audience, I'll be there."

Read the full Jimmy Fallon cover story, part of Billboard's special TV & Music issue, when it's out Thursday, Sept. 17.



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THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0289 -- Pictured: Host Jimmy Fallon during the monologue on July 13, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Jimmy Fallon signs copies of his new book "Your Baby's First Words Will Be 'Dada'" at a book signing at Harbor Books on Saturday, June 20, 1015, in Sag Harbor, NY. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)
Actor Jimmy Fallon arrives at a party in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles after hosting the MTV Movie Awards, Saturday, June 2, 2001. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Show hosts actress Kirsten Dunst (L) and her fiance Jimmy Fallon clown around with a prop at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, 02 June 2001. AFP PHOTO/Lucy Nicholson (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon, writers for "Saturday Night Live," show off their Emmy for outstanding writing for a variety, music or comedy program at the 54th annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Photo by: Peter Kramer STAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 2003 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 2/23/03 Jimmy Fallon at the BMG Post Grammy Party. (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Jimmy Fallon and Mary Louise Parker backstage at the MTV Rock & Comedy Concert at Battery Park in New York City, 5/10/02. The concert was staged as part of the first Tribeca Film Festival. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect.
Jimmy Fallon, of "Saturday Night Live," arrives for the MTV Video Music Awards in Miami, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Comedian Jimmy Fallon perform at the MTV Tribeca Film Festival Rock and Comedy Concert in Battery Park in New York City. May 10, 2002. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect
Jimmy Fallon jokes with and dresses identical to host Carson Daly on TRL at the MTV Studios in New York City. Jimmy will be hosting this years Video Music Awards live from Radio City Music Hall on August 29th. 8/14/02 Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: Actors Jimmy Fallon and Maya Rudolph attend attends the Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2003 Collection fashion show at the 26th Street Armory during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week February 10, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 23: (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT, U.S. TABS OUT) Jimmy Fallon arrives at the BMG Post-Grammy Gala to celebrate the 45th Annual Grammy Awards at Gotham Hall February 23, 2003. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - FEBRUARY 1: Actor Jimmy Fallon poses during the MTV TRL Super Bowl edition at Reliant Park in Houston, Texas, February 1, 2004. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 5: (U.S. TABLOIDS OUT) (L-R) Actor Jimmy Fallon and actress/singer Queen Latifah laugh backstage at the 2004 MTV Movie Awards at the Sony Pictures Studios on June 5, 2004 in Culver City, California. The 2004 MTV Movie Awards will air on the MTV Network June 10, 2004 9 PM (ET/PT). (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 8: Actor Jimmy Fallon arrives at the Warner Bros. premiere of the film 'Ocean's Twelve' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre December 8, 2004 in Hollywood California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Actors Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon make an appearance on MTV's Total Request Live on April 5, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Producer Nancy Juvonen (L) and actor Jimmy Fallon arrive for the premier of the film 'Music and Lyrics' in Los Angeles, California, 07 February 2007. (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 04: Actor Jimmy Fallon attends Columbia Pictures' screening of 'You Don't Mess With The Zohan' on June 4, 2008 at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images)
TV Personality Jimmy Fallon speaks at a press conference where he was named the new host of NBC's "Late Night" show, when Conan O'Brien takes over the "Tonight Show", on Monday, May 12, 2008. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Comedian Jimmy Fallon and Nancy Juvonen attend the NBC Universal Experience at Rockefeller Center as part of Upfront Week on Monday, May 12, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Polster John Zogby ,left, and "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon react to the crowd during the College of Saint Rose's 86th Annual Commencement at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saturday, May 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Actress Cameron Diaz applauds as comedian Jimmy Fallon delivers his five-word acceptance speech after being honored as Person of the Year at the 13th annual Webby Awards Monday, June 8, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
TV personality Jimmy Fallon attends the NBC Universal's Upfront presentation in New York on Monday, May 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Host Jimmy Fallon and his wife, Nancy Juvonen, arrive for the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Jennifer Westfeldt, left, Jon Hamm, center, and Jimmy Fallon joke around as they arrive at the Kennedy Center for the Mark Twain Prize for Humor award show in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 29: Host Jimmy Fallon speaks onstage at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 28: TV personality Jimmy Fallon attends the Museum of the Moving Image salute to Alec Baldwin at Cipriani 42nd Street on February 28, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers arrives at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
President Barack Obama laughs as he tapes an appearance on the "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" at Memorial Hall on the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday April 24, 2012. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chuck Liddy)
Jimmy Fallon arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
FILE - This Jan. 13, 2013 file photo shows Jay Leno, left, and Jimmy Fallon backstage at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Leno will be a guest on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," on Friday, Nov. 7. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Jimmy Fallon presents the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision for Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images)
Justin Timberlake accepts the video vanguard award from Jimmy Fallon, left, at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Jimmy Fallon poses in the press room at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Jimmy Fallon presents the award for Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: Host Jimmy Fallon -- (Photo by: James White/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0001 -- Pictured: Host Jimmy Fallon on February 17, 2014 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Jimmy Fallon, left, and Justin Timberlake arrive at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Photo by: Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx 3/27/15 Madame Tussuads and Jimmy Fallon debut five wax figures at Madame Tussauds New York. (NYC)
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