NBC has made a decision regarding the upcoming week of shows for The Tonight Show, and it is to take the show off the air for the time being. Earlier today, we reported on the sad passing of Gloria Fallon, host Jimmy Fallon’s mother who has always been a huge support to him both in terms of comedy and in life.
In a statement this afternoon, NBC confirmed that the upcoming week of The Tonight Show episodes will now be repeats. Originally there were new episodes scheduled, and they are opting to go off the air rather than try to book the show with guest hosts as we’ve seen with Jimmy Kimmel Live! as of late. While guest hosts were common in the old Johnny Carson days, they have become a little more rare in the decades since.
Here is more of what NBC had to say in a statement:
“On behalf of everyone at NBC, we extend our deepest condolences to Jimmy and all his family at this time of enormous loss … Our hearts go out to Jimmy and everyone else whose lives were so touched by Gloria Fallon’s love, kindness and support.”
As CarterMatt reported earlier Fallon will likely address his mother’s passing in an emotional way upon his return from work, but in general we imagine that this is going to be an emotional week of late-night shows in general. On Monday many of the other hosts are going to have to return and address the terrible tragedy in Texas earlier today, one that left more than two dozen people dead. While it is normally the responsibility of late-night hosts to make people laugh, they are also human and need to at times touch on some of the sadder, more difficult things in life. Unfortunately, we are in the midst of an era where there are a number of devastating things that do need to be addressed.
In the case of Fallon, let’s just keep this personal since what he is experiencing right now is a devastating loss. He gives so much to the comedy community and to his viewers that it’s understandable that so many people out there would want to give something back to him by showing him love. We hope that he receives plenty of support, and when there is more news on this subject we will have it for you. (Photo: NBC.)