Jimmy Fallon returned to “The Tonight Show” Monday night with a heavy heart following the death of his mom last week.
“As some of you know, my mom, Gloria, passed on recently,” an extremely emotional Fallon said at the top of his broadcast on Monday. “She was the very best viewers. She was the one I was usually trying to create laugh. She was such a lover of the exhibit, and everything I did.”
Fallon’s mother died at the age of 68 on Nov. 4. This led to the “Tonight Present” canceling all of last week’s planned shows and replacing them with reruns.
Fallon told a tale Monday evening about how exactly his mother would carry his hand as a youngster, and would squeeze three times and simply tell him that she loved him.
“The other day, I was in a healthcare facility and I grabbed her palm and squeezed, ‘I love you,'” Fallon explained with tears in his eyes.
Fallon added that he’s grateful that he can do “The Tonight Present” every night and thanked everyone for the support he received over the last week.
“We are going to continue to work really hard to bring some light plus some laughter into the world,” Fallon thought to the audience. “Many thanks for watching. Many thanks for supporting me and my children get over this loss.”
Fallon ended by telling, “Mom, I will never stop trying to cause you to laugh.”
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Immediately following the death of his mother, NBC put out a statement extending its “deepest condolences to Jimmy and most his family at the moment of enormous loss.”
“Our hearts go out to Jimmy and everybody else whose lives were so touched by Gloria Fallon’s love, kindness and support,” the network added last week.