Jimmy Fallon's emotional tribute for late mum

Jimmy Fallon Returns to 'Tonight Show' With Tearful Tribute to Late Mother

It was a heartfelt performance, leading up to an emotional hug with Fallon after she finished.

Monday marked the first day back to work for "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon after the sudden passing of his mother, Gloria, earlier this month.

He resumed his hosting duties after he canceled the show last week.

Following the news of Gloria Fallon's death, a family spokesperson issued the following statement, "Jimmy Fallon's mother, Gloria, died peacefully on Saturday".

He added, "Whatever you think of Taylor, she did something lovely for Jimmy and our show today, and we're forever grateful". Fallon said he knew that Gloria's health was taking a turn for the worse when he squeezed her hand in the hospital, and she did not respond in kind.

Referring to the line in the song about hand-squeezing, he added, "I almost gasped".

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.

The emotional host shared a story about his mother squeezing his hand three times to signify, "I love you", when he was a child.

Taylor Swift made a special appearance on Monday night to perform in Gloria's honor.

Gloria's advice? "Wash your hands after being near that Paris Hilton", she joked on the show.

"She also stole everything!" said Daly with a laugh. I think everyone in the audience started sobbing. "We all lost it", DiCenzo tweeted.

"Hold on to your memories, they will hold on to you", Taylor sang. "Thank you for helping me and my family recover from this loss".

Taylor Swift appeared on Jimmy Fallon's show with a new song from "Reputation". "Whatever you think of Taylor, she did something lovely for Jimmy and our show today, and we're forever grateful".

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