NBC late-night host Jimmy Fallon is taking some time off from “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” after his mother, Gloria Fallon, died Saturday. She was 68.
The taping of last Friday’s show was canceled so Fallon could be at his mother’s bedside in the hospital. The nature of her illness was not disclosed.
CNN reports that “The Tonight Show” will be in repeats this week
NBC released a statement saying: “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.”
Fallon said in a statement: “Today I lost my biggest fan.”
In a separate statement, published by USA Today, Fallon spokeswoman Claire Mercuri said: “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.”
Celebrities and fans tweeted messages of support and sympathy for Fallon. You can see a tweet from Miley Cyrus below.
Fallon’s late-night competitor on CBS, Stephen Colbert, sent out a tweet saying: “Mom is the first audience and the best. Remembering Jimmy Fallon and his family in our prayers today.”