Fallon's emotional return to 'The Tonight Show' after his Mom's death

Keeping positive The SNL alum 43 appeared to be in good spirits smiling as he stepped out donning a warm sweater and a pair of wireless headphones to get a cup of pre-work coffee

The song's lyrics proved appropriate to Fallon's emotional return, particularly this line: "You squeeze my hand three times in the back of the taxi / I can tell that it's gonna be a long road / I'll be there if you're the toast of the town, babe / Or if you strike out and you're crawling home". It's pretty raw stuff, especially from a host who's often accused of being somewhat one-note and superficial. "She was the one I was always trying to make laugh", Fallon began.

The Fever Pitch actor recalled the sweetest memory he has of his mother and tried to hold back his tears while remembering her.

On Monday night's show, he shared a particularly warm moment with the crowd: "When we were little, my mom would walk us to the store, me and my sister (whose name is also Gloria), and she and me 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'".

"She was the best audience", Fallon said.

He went on to thank fans for all the support he and his family had received since his mother's death.

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Jimmy Fallon's late mother, Gloria. Thank you to Taylor, the Roots, [Steve Higgins], our whole staff and crew, and to all the FalPals, fans, and everyone who reached out to and supported Jimmy and his family.

Tapings of The Tonight Show were canceled last week as Fallon mourned the death of his mother who died on November 4 at the age of 68.

"Mom, I'll never stop trying to make you laugh, I love you", he ended.

Immediately following the death of his mother, NBC put out a statement extending its "deepest condolences to Jimmy and all his family at this time of enormous loss".

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