Jimmy Fallon pays tribute to late mother during return to 'Tonight Show'

Keeping positive The SNL alum 43 appeared to be in good spirits smiling as he stepped out donning a warm sweater and a pair of wireless headphones to get a cup of pre-work coffee

The late night talk show had been in reruns since November 3 when Jimmy had canceled that night's taping to tend to his mother in the hospital.

Fallon then became emotional while sharing an anecdote about his mother and the way she expressed her love for Fallon and his sister, also named Gloria.

Fallon described the 68-year-old as "the best audience", adding: "She was the one I was always trying to make laugh". "One last note: our show was right on time today, but we edited out a minute to leave room for Jimmy high-fiving audience members during the end credits".

Mike DiCenzo, a producer for The Tonight Show, explained on Twitter how the Tonight team managed to get Swift to appear, and noted the staff wanted to honor Fallon in the wake of his mother's death. Suddenly she sings the line, 'Squeeze my hand 3 times in the back of the taxi.' I almost gasped.

Fallon said he and his mother would squeeze each other's hands three times as a way of saying "I love you".

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". "I just knew we were in trouble".

"As some of you know, my mother, Gloria, passed away recently", a very emotional Fallon said at the top of his broadcast on Monday.

Did you watch Jimmy Fallon's return to his show? Thank you to Taylor, the Roots, [Steve Higgins], our whole staff and crew, and to all the FalPals, fans, and everyone who reached out to and supported Jimmy and his family.

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