Jimmy Fallon broke down in tears discussing his late mother Gloria Fallon on The Tonight Show Monday. She died November 4th and this was his first return to the show after her passing. “As some of you know my mother, Gloria, passed away recently. I canceled our shows last week to be with my family and make arrangements. 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.” Jimmy continued, “When we were little, my mom would walk us to this store, me and my sister, and she would squeeze my hand three times and say, ‘I love you,’ and I would squeeze back, ‘I love you, too.'” He says in the hospital he squeezed her hand too. “I just knew we were in trouble, you know?” he said through tears. “I feel so grateful to be able to do this every single night and I’m very appreciative of all the support from all of you that my family received over the past week.” He closed the tribute promising “he’d never stop trying” to make her laugh.
OK so you heard his story about squeezing her hand....
Now check this out. Taylor Swift shows up on the show and sings a song which made staff and audience gasp. Listen to the words. She did not change them. These are the actual lyrics in the song which she chose to sing,
Taylor Swift gave fans a huge surprise Monday night when she performed one of her brand new songs on The Tonight Show. The 27-year-old took to the stage for the a live performance of her song “New Year’s Day” from her new album Reputation as a tribute to host Jimmy Fallon’s late mother, Gloria, who recently passed away.
Taylor sat down at the piano to sing the heartfelt song and was accompanied by just an acoustic guitar and some backup singers.
Fans had no idea the late night show performance was coming, until Fallon teased an extremely special guest just hours before show time. Taylor’s appearance was the first performance on the show since Jimmy returned following the passing of his mother.
Show writer and producer Mike DiCenzo explained the poignant story of her performance – and the shocking accidental lyrical connection to Jimmy and his mom – in a series of tweets later.
“First, a quick word about Taylor Swift. She was not scheduled to do our show today. But we wanted something special for this first show back, so we asked her on a complete whim, since she had been in town doing SNL. She said yes with zero hesitation,” he wrote on Twitter.
“She sang ‘New Year’s Day.’ No one had heard it. Suddenly she sings the line, ‘Squeeze my hand 3 times in the back of the taxi.’ I nearly gasped. Tears. I think everyone in the audience started sobbing. 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. ‘Hold on to your memories, they will hold on to you,’ Taylor sang.”
“That hug between Jimmy and Taylor after the song was 100% real emotion. Whatever you think of Taylor, she did something beautiful for Jimmy and our show today, and we’re forever grateful.”
During his tribute to his mother earlier in the show, Fallon recalled how she would squeeze his hand three times to signify “I love you.”