On Friday The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was canceled so that the host could take care of a private health situation. Unfortunately, over the weekend some terribly sad news was unveiled as a follow-up: Jimmy’s mother Gloria has died after recently falling ill.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Fallon’s family had the following to say:
“Jimmy Fallon’s mother, Gloria, died peacefully on Saturday. 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.”
This is an incredibly difficult time for Fallon just as it would be anyone in his situation. Jimmy spoke often on The Tonight Show about his tight-knit family and the one that he attempted to mimic with his own children. We also remember seeing some of them on a segment on Top Chef in the past. You could see how much they all cared about each other and the some of the differences between Jimmy the TV host and Jimmy the family man. We often tend to forgot about the real person underneath the sheen of celebrity, but Jimmy has a deeper, personal side. This is the person we hope is getting plenty of love and support at the moment.
Fallon’s friend and fellow late-night host Stephen Colbert tweeted out his condolences to Fallon. If you remember, Colbert lost his own mother Lorna back during his time on The Colbert Report and offered up a moving tribute to her, which you can see at the bottom of this article. We would not be surprised if Fallon offers up a tribute of his own to his mother when he does return to the show.
As of this writing there are new episodes of The Tonight Show scheduled for this week, but we will let you know here at CarterMatt if some of these episodes are canceled or if there will be guest hosts, similar to what Jimmy Kimmel did this past week while he cared for his son.
For now, our thoughts and condolences go out to Jimmy and all of his family and loved ones during what has to be an incredibly difficult time for him. Television and comedy ultimately come second to the most important matters in life. (Photo: NBC.)