Jimmy Fallon pays tearful tribute to his mother

Taylor Swift performs 'New Year's Day'

Fallon canceled "Tonight" on November 3, when his 68-year-old mother fell ill. It's pretty raw stuff, especially from a host who's often accused of being somewhat one-note and superficial.

Following the news of Gloria Fallon's death, a family spokesperson issued the following statement, "Jimmy Fallon's mother, Gloria, died peacefully on Saturday". "Mom, I'll never stop trying to make you laugh", he said.

His return to the stage kicked off with a tribute to his late mother, whom Fallon called "the best audience". "She was the one I was always trying to make laugh, and she was such a fan of the show and everything I did". "We would hold hands, you know".

On the same day that the 27-year-old singer announced details of her new world tour, she made a surprise appearance on "The Tonight Show" to debut another single off her new album, "Reputation". "I almost gasped. Tears".

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The sweet track was a poignant choice, as its lyrics reflect the anecdote Fallon shared earlier in the show.

Tonight Show writer and producer Mike DiCenzo took to Twitter for some background on Swift's performance and the emotions she wrought.

"As some of you know, my mother, Gloria, passed away recently", a very emotional Fallon said at the top of his broadcast on Monday. I could see Jimmy silhouetted at his desk dabbing his eyes with a tissue. "It was a lovely coincidence in a attractive performance", he wrote.

Taylor sat down at the piano to sing the heartfelt song and was accompanied by just an acoustic guitar and some backup singers.

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