For funnyman Jimmy Fallon, this past weekend was undoubtedly full of far more tears than laughs, as his mother Gloria Fallon passed away on Saturday. To be expected, the coming week will keep Fallon busy in ways that have nothing to do with his day job as the host of The Tonight Show. The show, as well as NBC itself, announced that this week's live tapings of The Tonight Show have all been cancelled to allow the SNL vet time to grieve.
Understandably, Jimmy Fallon will be spending the next week taking care of funeral arrangements and other related obligations, as well as spending time with family members during this mournful period. And rather than trying to quickly scout out a guest host for the week, much less five different guest hosts, NBC is wisely just choosing to air a week of repeats in place of new episodes. It's certainly possible that Fallon could take longer to return, needing more time to cope with the loss, at which point NBC may decide to find some temporary stand-ins.
Here's how the news was graciously announced on social media.
Some of the planned guests lined up for this week were The Voice's Adam Levine, Daddy's Home 2 stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, Tiffany Haddish, Ice T, Sam Rockwell and Gina Rodriguez. Musical guests included Sam Smith (who was also booked as a guest), J Balvin and Walk the Moon. Comedian Brian Regan was set to promote his upcoming Netflix special. It's unclear at this time if any of the guests will be returning to The Tonight Show in the near future, or if some will have to pass.
Gloria Fallon, whose personality occasionally made it to Tonight Show and Jimmy Fallon fans in the occasional moments where her son got personal about his life, passed away on Saturday at NYU Langone Medical Center. She'd taken ill not long before, and Fallon went to the hospital to be with her and others. Friday's Tonight Show taping was also cancelled due to the emergency.
You can check out the video below to see Colin Hanks telling a fun story last year about hanging out with Jimmy Fallon's parents.
We at CinemaBlend send our thoughts and condolences to Jimmy Fallon and his entire family during this time of mourning.
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