Two weeks ago, Jimmy Fallon stepped away from hosting “The Tonight Show” for a short period. His mother had been hospitalized. Soon after, she passed away.
Fallon returned to “The Tonight Show” on Monday. He began the show by paying a tribute to his mother. He shared, “She was the best audience. She was the one I was always trying to make laugh and she was such a fan of the show and everything I did.”
When he was young, his mother would take Fallon and his sister on walks holding their hands. He shared, “She would squeeze my hand three times and say, ‘I love you,’ and I would squeeze back ‘I love you too.’”
The week before in the hospital, Fallon had grabbed his mother’s hand and squeezed it three times. She was unable to respond. It was that moment that Fallon knew how serious the situation was. Check out the tribute here.
Later in the episode of “The Tonight Show,” Taylor Swift made a guest appearance. She had not been scheduled to perform, but the producers wanted to do something special for Fallon’s first day back.
Swift sang “New Year’s Day,” a ballad from her latest album “Reputation.” She kept it simple, by playing the piano and singing. She also had a few backup singers.
In a verse of “New Year’s Day,” Swift sang some lyrics that were especially relevant to Fallon. She sang, “You squeeze my hand three times in the back of the taxi.” Later in the song, she sang, “Hold on to your memories, they will hold on to you.”
At the end of her song, Swift and Fallon exchanged an emotional hug. Watch the full video here.
Mike Dicenzo, a writer and producer of “The Tonight Show” shared a little more about the situation on Twitter. He shared, “I could see Jimmy silhouetted at his desk dabbing his eyes with a tissue. We all lost it. It was a beautiful coincidence in a beautiful performance.” Check out some of his Tweets here.
It’s incredible to see how those song lyrics that Swift had written months before touched Fallon just when he needed to hear them.
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