Monday night was Jimmy Fallon’s first night back after the passing of his mother Gloria. Of course it was an emotional show and not just for Fallon. His mom wasn’t just a fan of the show. She was a fan of the staff too.
According to writer and producer Mike DiCenzo, she was the BEST.
Of course the crew wanted to do something special for Jimmy on his first day back. That special something was a performance by Taylor Swift. The pop star wasn’t originally scheduled to do the show, but immediately said “Yes” when asked to perform.
Taylor performed her latest hit, New Year’s Day. Now a little background, and WARNING you will cry. Just before Taylor took the stage, Jimmy told a beautiful story about how his mom used to squeeze his hand three times, then say “I love you.” While he was in the hospital with his mom just before she passed away, he squeezed her hand three times and said “I love you.”
Then cut to Taylor Swift’s new song, New Year’s Day, which specifically has the lyric about squeezing hands three times. The entire crew lost it. No one knew Jimmy was going to tell that story. No one knew Taylor’s lyric had those words.
Wow. What a moment. After the song was over Fallon and Swift shared a long and tearful hug.
OMG! Such an amazing story! Thank you Mike for sharing that moment!