Heartbroken Jimmy Fallon tearfully returns to 'Tonight Show' following mother's death

Taylor Swift performs 'New Year's Day'

Heartbroken Jimmy Fallon tearfully returns to 'Tonight Show' following mother's death

Jimmy Fallon returned to NBC's "The Tonight Show" on November 13 for the first time since his mother Gloria had passed away on November 4.

Jimmy Fallon's emotional return to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon included a surprise appearance by none other than Taylor Swift.

On Monday night, Jimmy Fallon returned to The Tonight Show after a week off the air. "She was the one I was always trying to make laugh", Fallon began.

At one point she changed the lyrics of "New Year's Day", a track from her new album Reputation, to say, "Squeeze my hand three times in the back of the taxi". But at the desk, you could hear his voice break when talking about our musical guest Taylor Swift, and that's because he knew what he was about to say. He went on to tell a personal story about a childhood memory that has stuck with him, even as he was by his mom's side in the hospital in her last days.

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Fallon has hosted "The Tonight Show" since 2013, often shouting out his Upstate New York roots, from cheering on Syracuse basketball to referencing the region in skits.

He canceled filming last week to be with his family, but Fallon is back at work this week and said he feels " so grateful to be able to do this every night".

Following the news of Gloria Fallon's death, a family spokesperson issued the following statement, "Jimmy Fallon's mother, Gloria, died peacefully on Saturday". Upon reflection for his mother, he said, "Mom, I'll never stop trying to make you laugh". "Today, I lost my biggest fan", he said.

Gloria Fallon and her husband Jim lived in Brooklyn, where Jimmy and his sister, also named Gloria, were born.

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