If you’re a daily “Tonight Show” viewer, then you likely noticed that the show’s host, Jimmy Fallon, was absent from several of the nightly episodes in the first and second weeks of this month. The talk show host wasn’t on a relaxing vacation; sadly, he was mourning the death of his beloved mother, Gloria.
On November 4th, Jimmy Fallon and the rest of his tight-knit family was right at Gloria’s bedside at the NYU Langone Medical Center in NYC when she passed away suddenly at the age of 68.
According to her obituary, the mother and grandmother was a life-long New Yorker whose life was centered around her family. Gloria Fallon was an avid hostess and cook who loved to sing and show off her “big sense of humor.”
Both she and her husband, James W. Fallon, had been married for the better part of 40 years and had raised their family in the small river town of Saugerties, New York before relocating to Bronxville to be closer to their grandchildren.
Gloria was also quite the avid reader. As a matter of fact, the Fallon family is asking that, in lieu of flowers, mourners make a donation to the Saugerties Public Library in her name.
The Fallon family experiences an outpouring of support
Since his mom’s untimely death, friends and fans alike have been leaving messages of encouragement and love to his social media, as well as the Fallon family’s Legacy account. One well-wisher, Joesette Lacy from Maine, wrote this particularly poignant message to the mourning host:
November 4 is a date that is significant for my family as well. Gloria Fallon passed away on my brother’s would be 48th birthday…he died on September 19th which is Jimmy Fallon’s birthday…i take solace knowing that Gloria is probably taking care of my brother up in Heaven right now! I will continue to pray for the entire Fallon Family. Sincerely, a Fal Pal.
Even fellow celebrities have been getting in on the sweet tributes. Megastar and friend of “The Tonight Show,” Taylor Swift debuted her new song “New Year’s Day” the night of the host’s return. Her tearful hug for her friend, Jimmy, says it all—she was clearly there to support him through a rough transition.
In addition to T-Swift’s support, Fallon received condolences from fellow talk show host, Stephen Colbert. He tweeted:
Mom is the first audience and the best. Remembering Jimmy Fallon and his family in our prayers today.
To see Jimmy Fallon’s emotional monologue in full, be sure to watch the video below. We really feel for the host, but it’s also so great to hear that he and his family have gotten so much support through this hard time. Stay strong, Jimmy!
We’d love to hear your thoughts on Jimmy Fallon’s brave return to late night following his mom’s death. Were you affected by his sweet tribute? Did it remind you of a loved one that has passed? Do you have any messages of support for the talk show host?