Jimmy Fallon made his return to the Tonight Show Monday and opened with a tearful tribute to his mother Gloria Fallon, who died November 4 at the age of 68. Seated at a piano, Swift demanded attention with the introspective and emotional tune.
The comedian cancelled his NBC nightly programme for a week following the death of his mother Gloria Fallon, who passed away with her son by her side.
It was a connection that the "Tonight Show" crew didn't even realize existed, as explained by writer and producer Mike DiCenzo on Twitter. Fallon said he knew that Gloria's health was taking a turn for the worse when he squeezed her hand in the hospital, and she did not respond in kind. Squeezing his hand in the air three times, he added, "I love you".
He continued, "Last week I was in the hospital, and I grabbed her hand and squeezed I love you".
Jimmy started to tell some heart-warming stories about his mother and tried to hold back tears as he informed his audience of some very intimate memories.
"She was not scheduled to do our show today. She said yes with zero hesitation", he wrote.
"She sang New Year's Day".
"I could see Jimmy silhouetted at his desk dabbing his eyes with a tissue", he said. It was a handsome coincidence in a lovely performance. "That hug between Jimmy and Taylor after the song was 100% real emotion", he tweeted.
He went on saying, 'Thank you for watching, thank you for helping me and my family recover from this loss. "Whatever you think of Taylor, she did something lovely for Jimmy and our show today, and we're forever grateful".