Jimmy Fallon Shares Heartfelt Memory With His Fans
Kristin Danley 11/14/2017
Nighttime comedian and talk show host Jimmy Fallon loves entertaining his audience and viewers, but his biggest fan happened to be his mom, Gloria. Recently, Jimmy had to take time off from The Tonight Show for personal reasons.
Jimmy's mom Gloria, 68, had fallen ill. He left town to be at her bedside along with other family members.
He arrived just in time, because his mother passed away the day after he made it to her hospital room. Jimmy took the following week off to mourn his loss and The Tonight Show ran reruns in his absence.
Jimmy has since returned to his show with an important message to share with fans. He chose to pay tribute to his mother on his first night back.
The hilarious funnyman fought back tears as he talked about his mom Gloria, telling fans that she was the best audience he could have had. He explained that his ultimate goal was to try and make her laugh.
"She was such a fan of the show and everything I did."
Jimmy shared a particularly touching moment with the audience, an intimate memory of his mom that he clung to during his period of mourning. It involved something as simple as holding his mother's hand, but actually meant the world to him.
"When we were little, my mom would walk us to the store, me and my sister (whose name is also Gloria), and she and me would hold hands, and she would squeeze my hand three times and say, 'I love you' and I would squeeze back, 'I love you, too.'"
When Jimmy reached out to his mom lying in her hospital bed, he squeezed her hand just like she used to with him years ago when he was but a little boy. He told her "I love you."
After composing himself, Jimmy told his adoring fans how appreciative he is of everyone's support and condolences they shared. He expressed his gratefulness for the opportunity to bring light and laughter into the world.
Then, Jimmy had one more phrase he uttered, directed at his mom, one that brought audience members to tears...