Jimmy Fallon made a moving tribute to his late mother on the night of Monday / Tuesday’s episode of The Tonight Show.
The comedian has cancelled his NBC nightly programme for a week following the death of his mother, Gloria Fallon, who died with his son at his side.
Fallon has described the 68-year-old “the best audience”, adding: “She was the one that I was always trying to make people laugh.”
Fallon then fought back tears as he told a story about his mother.
“When we were little, my mother would walk us to the store me and my sister – in-law and to hold us by the hand. And she was going to shake my hand three times and say “I love you, and I would squeeze back, “I love you too”.
“Last week I was in the hospital, at her side, and I grabbed his hand and I shook” I love you, and I knew we were in trouble,” Fallon said with his voice breaking.
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He went on to thank the fans for all the support that he and his family had received since the death of his mother.
The presenter said everyone at the show would “continue to work very hard to bring light and a few laughs in the world.”
He finished by promising to his mother: “Mom, I’m never going to stop trying to make you laugh.”
Gloria Fallon has died “peacefully” on 4 November in the hospital in New York. At the time, Fallon released a statement saying: “Today I lost my biggest fan.”
Separately, the talk-show host, the sister of Gloria Fallon thanked the fans for their messages, saying that he “wanted more than you’ll ever know”:
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