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Taylor Swift Plays 'New Year's Day' in Surprise Performance

14 November 2017

Our thoughts go out to Jimmy during this tough time for him, and in general the past couple of months have caused his to reevaluate our position on the Fallon iteration of The Tonight Show in general.

"Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon returned to his show Monday night after missing the previous week following the death of his mother, Gloria.

Jimmy canceled a taping of "The Tonight Show" that Friday to be by her side, and then canceled last week's tapings to make arrangements.

"She was the best audience, she was the one I was always trying to make laugh, and she was a such a fan of the show", he said. He concluded the monologue by saying that he wanted nothing more than to continue to try to make his mother laugh, and to provide a little bit of humor and joy for numerous people out there watching at home.

"When we were little, my mom would walk us to the store, me and my sister", Fallon said.

Swift, who was not scheduled to appear on the show agreed to perform her new track when invited by producers at the last minute.

Gloria Fallon died "peacefully" on 4 November in hospital in NY. Following his monologue, Fallon spoke about his late mother and recounted a story about how they'd developed a routine of squeezing each other's hands as a way to say, "I love you".

Fallon has spoken about his mother in the past, memorably in a 2004 interview with NY magazine.

"She said yes with zero hesitation", DiCenzo told his followers on Twitter.

During a tribute to his mother, Fallon told a story about how his mom would hold his hand as a kid and would squeeze his hand three times and tell him that she loved him.

Near the end of the show, Swift performed "New Year's Day".

Later in the song, Swift sang another line that struck a chord: "Hold on to your memories, they will hold on to you". "Thank you for helping me and my family recover form this loss".

Taylor Swift Plays 'New Year's Day' in Surprise Performance