Jimmy Fallon returns to 'Tonight Show' and tributes his late mother Gloria

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"As some of you know, my mother Gloria passed away recently and I canceled our shows last week to be with my family and make arrangements".

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".

The Fever Pitch actor recalled the sweetest memory he has of his mother and tried to hold back his tears while remembering her. She was the one I was always trying to make laugh.

Fallon told a story Monday night about how his mother would hold his hand as a kid, and would squeeze three times and tell him that she loved him. "She said yes with zero hesitation", DiCenzo wrote.

The chat show host said he was greatly appreciative of the support he and his family received during such a hard time.

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Fallon ended his opening segment with a message for his late mother.

Fallon's 68-year-old mother died on 4 November at NYU Langone Medical Center in NYC. 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.

"Last week I was in the hospital and I grabbed her hand and squeezed "I love you" and I just knew we were in trouble", he said.

An NBC spokesperson also extended condolences on behalf of the network: "On behalf of everyone at NBC, we extend our deepest condolences to Jimmy and all his family at this time of enormous loss".

Gloria Fallon died "peacefully" on 4 November in hospital in NY.

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