AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN/KETK)- The first taping of the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on a college campus was a white and burnt-orange fanfare, filled with Texas-sized celebrity guests and nods to the Longhorns everywhere.
About 3,000 people packed the Bass Concert Hall on the University of Texas at Austin campus. UT professor and occasional Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey topped the guest list. “Fixer Upper” hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines also took part, as did rapper Gucci Mane.
While interviewing, McConaughey told Fallon why, after growing up in east Texas, he calls Austin home.
“To make it here, all you have to do is be yourself,” he said, adding Austin has a set of values everyone here can come around, a “cowboy code” where “no one is too good and everybody’s good enough.”
“If you don’t want to come here and respect our core values and our true soul,” McConaughey opined to those moving to Austin, “you can keep flying on by.”
He pulled out a flag that said, “Keep Austin Austin.”
He and Fallon also got up and snapped a selfie for McConaughey’s second Instagram post ever, surrounded by the cheering crowd of students.