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Saturday 25th November 2017

Jimmy Fallon Tearfully Mourns His Mom in Emotional 'Tonight Show' Return

The host's mother passed away on Nov. 4.

Jimmy Fallon paid tribute to his beloved mother Gloria in an emotional first night back on The Tonight Show since her death.

Gloria, 68, passed away in New York City surrounded by her family on Nov. 4.

Jimmy, 43, returned to the Tonight Show stage on Monday and opened the show speaking about how much his mother meant to him.

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He first started by explaining to his audience that he had been absent from the show to spend time with his family and make funeral arrangements.

Holding back tears, Jimmy then shared a story from his childhood. He said: "When we were little, my mom would walk us to the store — me and my sister — and we would hold hands."

"And she would squeeze my hand three times and say, ‘I love you,’ and I would squeeze back, ‘I love you too,’" he continued. "Last week I was in the hospital, at her side, and I grabbed her hand and I squeezed ‘I love you,’ and I just knew we were in trouble."

The talk show host went on to say that his mother was "the best audience" and "she was the one I was always trying to make laugh."

Gloria passed away with her family by her side on Nov. 4. (Credit: YouTube/The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon)

“She was such a fan of the show and everything I did," Jimmy added.

Mom, I’ll never stop trying to make you laugh.

He then thanked his fans for all of their support and finished the emotional monologue by addressing his mom.

"Mom, I’ll never stop trying to make you laugh," Jimmy said, as he squeezed his hand and said “I love you.”

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On Friday Nov. 3, Jimmy abruptly canceled the taping of his show due to a "family matter" as he rushed to be by Gloria's bedside after she had fallen ill.

Just a day later Gloria died "peacefully" at New York City's NYU Langone Medical Center with Jimmy and other family members right by her side.

Jimmy, a devoted family man, has two young daughters, Winnie, four, and Frances, two, with his wife Nancy Juvonen.