AceShowbiz - A week after the death of his mother Gloria, Jimmy Fallon returned for the first time to "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on November 4. He resumed his hosting duties after canceling the show last week.
"It's good to be back, guys!" the host began. "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."
Fallon went on saying that her late mother "was the best audience," and "was the one I was always trying to make laugh." He added, "She was such a fan of the show and everything I did."
He started choking up as he 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 paused for a moment, holding back his tears, before he managed to gather his composure. He recalled his last moment with his mother, saying, "And… last week I was in the hospital and I grabbed her and squeezed I love you. I just knew we were in trouble, you know? 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."
The 43-year-old later vowed that he would "continue to work really hard to bring some light and some laughter into the world." He went on saying, "Thank you for watching, thank you for helping me and my family recover from this loss. Mom, I'll never stop trying to make you laugh. I love you."
Gloria died on Saturday, November 4, one day after "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" taping for Friday episode was canceled due to the host's family matter. "Jimmy Fallon's mother, Gloria, died peacefully on Saturday," a Fallon family spokesperson said in a statement. "Jimmy was at his mother's bedside, along with her loved ones, when she passed away at NYU Langone Medical Center in NYC. Our prayers go out to Jimmy and his family as they go through this tough time."