Watch Jimmy Fallon’s teary-eyed tribute to his late mother.

Watch Jimmy Fallon’s Teary-Eyed Tribute to His Late Mother

Watch Jimmy Fallon’s Teary-Eyed Tribute to His Late Mother

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Slate's Culture Blog
Nov. 14 2017 2:38 AM

Watch Jimmy Fallon’s Teary-Eyed Tribute to His Late Mother

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Jimmy Fallon.

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Jimmy Fallon, canceled a week of shows after the death of his mother Gloria last Saturday, returned to the the Tonight Show Monday night. He marked his mother’s passing with a teary-eyed tribute to the woman he calls “the best audience.” It’s a truth about performing that echoes the hearfelt condolences Stephen Colbert offered on Twitter on Sunday:

Fallon ended the segment with a mission statement, explaining both what he’s trying to do with his determinedly apolitical Tonight Show and the way his mother’s memory continues to inspire him:

We’re going to continue to work really hard to bring some light and some laughter into the world. … Mom, I’ll never stop trying to make you laugh. I love you.

There’s politics, and there’s comedy, and then there’s just being human. This clip is about the last of those.