He’s the face of Late Night Television and the funny-man that keeps millions of people up past their bedtime every night.
Jimmy Fallon is known for making others laugh, but this week is an exception as the late-night host has taken a leave of absence to mourn the death of his beloved mother, Gloria Fallon.
Fallon announced that he was canceling the show on Friday and all of the tapings scheduled the following week, as he takes time to grieve.
“Today I lost my biggest fan,” Fallon wrote in a statement on Saturday.
Gloria has affectionately been referenced by the comedian during his gig hosting the Tonight Show, whether it be in interviews with guests who fell in love with one of her homemade dishes, or Tweets that Fallon used in his popular “Mom Quotes” segment.
She was also seen with Jimmy’s father, James Fallon Sr., at their son’s first-ever taping of the Tonight Show back in 2014.
Jimmy has always been open about how close he was with his mother. It’s no surprise that he was at her bedside surrounded by other loved ones when she passed away on November 4th. Gloria was 68 years old.
Fellow late night hosts and celebrity friends have taken to social media, extending their condolences to Jimmy and his family.
Mom is the first audience and the best. Remembering Jimmy Fallon and his family in our prayers today.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) November 5, 2017
.@jimmyfallon I am truly sorry to hear about your mom. Sending you and your family lots of love during this incredibly difficult time.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 5, 2017
Jimmy’s mom was full of energy, fun, a hearty laugh & twinkle in her eye. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Love to all the Fallons
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) November 5, 2017
Our prayers are with Jimmy and his family as they walk through this difficult time.