Source: variety.com (Erin Nyren)
Gloria Fallon, mother of “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, died Saturday at a hospital in New York, Variety has confirmed.
Her death came one day after NBC cancelled a taping of “The Tonight Show” due to Gloria Fallon’s illness.
“Jimmy Fallon’s mother, Gloria, died peacefully on Saturday,” a Fallon family spokesperson said in a press statement. “Jimmy was at his mother’s bedside, along with her loved ones, when she passed away at NYU Langone Medical Center in NYC. Our prayers go out to Jimmy and his family as they go through this tough time.”
Fallon’s mother was ill and in a hospital at the time of the ‘Tonight Show’ cancellation, said a person familiar with the matter. The Nov. 3 episode was replaced with a rerun from September. It’s still unclear whether Fallon will tape a new show as scheduled on Monday.
Though Fallon keeps much of his personal life private, he revealed touching moments with his mother over the years. During a #MomQuotes segment of the show, he shared a memory of Gloria.
“My mom and I were talking on the phone for the third time that day and she actually said, ‘We don’t talk enough,'” he tweeted.
Fallon described his childhood with mom Gloria, dad Jim and sister Gloria in a 2004 New York magazine article. “My dad was in Vietnam, and he was in a doo-wop group,” Fallon said. “My mom was like a total square; she wasn’t allowed to leave her stoop in Brooklyn. She was a nun for about a month, but then she was like, ‘You know what? I didn’t get the calling!’ Ha!”
He told Howard Stern that his mother was a nun on an episode of “The Howard Stern Show” as well. He said his parents grew up together and met in high school, and that she was only a nun for about a week.