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Here’s a Very Sweet Story About Jimmy Fallon’s First Show After His Mother’s Passing

On Monday night, Jimmy Fallon returned to the Tonight Show for the first time since his mother, Gloria, passed away on November 4. Fallon’s the biggest goofball on late night television, but his mother’s death clearly rocked him, as he made clear in a short, profoundly emotional monologue.

The Tonight Show team wanted to do something special for Fallon, so they called up Taylor Swift on a whim to see if she’d be open to performing, and she reportedly said yes “without hesitation,” debuting Reputation‘s “New Year’s Day” live for the first time.

It’s all very sweet, but Tonight Show producer Mike DiCenzo took to Twitter to pull the curtain back a little on some moving details from the afternoon’s recording. Read his thread below.

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