Donald Trump Among Guests for NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’s’ Premiere Week

Donald Trump is returning to NBC, in a way.

The presidential hopeful and former host of “Celebrity Apprentice” is one of the guests for the fall premiere week for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” He will appear on the Sept. 11 episode to discuss his campaign and other issues. That episode will also feature “Empire” star Terrence Howard and musical guest Pharrell Williams.

The return of Trump to “The Tonight Show” — after a bitter public split between Trump and NBC in July — comes on the same week that Stephen Colbert takes over CBS’ “The Late Show.” It’s no surprise NBC would amp up Fallon’s guest list in the face of a new competitor.

Trump’s appearance will no doubt be heavily promoted during NBC’s coverage of the NFL’s opening game on Sept. 10 when the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots — a matchup that’s expected to draw more than 25 million viewers. It will also allow Trump some added coverage before the next GOP presidential debate, which airs Sept. 16 on CNN.

The week’s guests open with Richard Gere, Jessica Simpson and Keith Urban on Sept. 8 and then bring the return of “Tonight Show” favorite Justin Timberlake (in addition to Ellen DeGeneres and musical guests Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) on Sept. 9. On Sept. 10, Fallon will feature Emmy host Andy Samberg and Carrie Underwood, who will also perform.

Trump’s appearance on “Tonight Show” will go up against Amy Schumer and Stephen King on Colbert’s Sept. 11 episode.

Trump’s relationship with NBC on “Celebrity Apprentice” was put on ice by mutual agreement earlier this year when he decided to run for the GOP presidential nomination. But in June, NBC publicly broke off another business relationship with Trump on the Miss USA/Miss Universe beauty pageant, after Trump made disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants as he launched his presidential bid.

Rick Kissell contributed to this report.

More TV

  • Maya Hawke'Once Upon a Time in

    Maya Hawke Reflects on Robin's 'Stranger Things' Coming Out Story

    Robin Buckley shocked viewers everywhere when she came out as a lesbian to Steve Harrington on the floor of a bathroom stall, but actress Maya Hawke says the twist wasn’t always set in stone. Hawke tells Variety that it wasn’t until episode four or five that she and the Duffer Brothers came to a final decision [...]

  • Love Island - Pictured: Kyra Green,

    TV Ratings: Is 'Love Island' Deserted?

    Two weeks have passed on “Love Island” and plenty of singles have coupled and uncoupled in their bid for love and a fat $100,000 pay check. However, there’s one couple that doesn’t seem to be hitting it off: CBS and “Love Island.” Ratings for the show have been far from paradisiacal, and with the network [...]

  • Jenny Wall Eryk Casemiro Nickelodeon

    Jenny Wall Named Nickelodeon CMO, Eryk Casemiro Named Senior VP of Nickelodeon Preschool

    Nickelodeon has hired two new executives, tapping Jenny Wall to become chief marketing officer and Eryk Casemiro to become senior vice president of Nickelodeon Preschool. Most recently CMO at Spotify-owned Gimlet Media, Wall will be responsible for all on- and off-air consumer marketing, brand creative and content launches across all of Nickelodeon’s platforms, including Nicktoons, [...]

  • Liz Garbus on Why We May

    Liz Garbus on Why The World May Never Know 'Who Killed Garrett Phillips'

    By the time Liz Garbus’s two-part documentary “Who Killed Garrett Phillips?” debuts on HBO, there could be a new public lead in the case of the murdered titular 12-year-old. As least, that’s what many may hope after the new St. Lawrence County district attorney admitted a new tip earlier this spring. Garbus says she would [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content