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That Derek
2017-11-05 20:37:15 UTC
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http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/jimmy-fallon-mom-dead-dies-tonight-show-taping-canceled-1202607401/

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November 5, 2017 9:45AM PT

Gloria Fallon, Mother of ‘Tonight Show’ Host Jimmy Fallon, Dies

By 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 canceled 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.
c***@aol.com
2017-11-05 20:52:57 UTC
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Of all the current late night hosts he’s the only one who is remotely funny. Colbert and Kimmel suck.
RH Draney
2017-11-06 00:11:16 UTC
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Of all the current late night hosts he’s the only one who is remotely funny. Colbert and Kimmel suck.
Bring back Dick Cavett!...r
Michael OConnor
2017-11-06 00:29:01 UTC
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Bring back Dick Cavett!...r
Whatever happened to the days of the fill-in host? Are these guys so fearful for their jobs that they won't hand over the reins at all anymore? It would be kinda cool to see a Jerry Seinfeld or Will Farrell or Martin Short sit in for Fallon sometime.
A Friend
2017-11-06 03:57:00 UTC
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Bring back Dick Cavett!...r
Whatever happened to the days of the fill-in host? Are these guys so fearful
for their jobs that they won't hand over the reins at all anymore?
That's exactly it. They learned their lesson from Johnny Carson, who
used Jay Leno as his fill-in during the last years of Carson's run.
One of the first things Leno did was do away with guest hosts.
Michael OConnor
2017-11-06 14:44:41 UTC
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Whatever happened to the days of the fill-in host? Are these guys so fearful
for their jobs that they won't hand over the reins at all anymore?
That's exactly it. They learned their lesson from Johnny Carson, who
used Jay Leno as his fill-in during the last years of Carson's run.
One of the first things Leno did was do away with guest hosts.
Don't use a permanent fill-in host; that was Carson's mistake. When Joan Rivers became his (unofficial) permanent fill in host in the early 80's, it was clear she was being groomed to take over for him whenever he stepped down. Same with Leno. If you keep changing the fill-ins, there is no speculation about this person or that person replacing him.

Jimmy has more than enough friends that would be willing to fill in for him, especially at this time. Because Jimmy Fallon is only 43, he could spend another 15 to 20 years in that seat. I don't think he has to worry about anybody taking his job from him anytime soon.
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2017-11-06 22:21:32 UTC
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He does a great Neil Young but that's all.
Jim Macey
2017-11-06 23:37:37 UTC
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Bring back Dick Cavett!...r
Whatever happened to the days of the fill-in host? Are these guys so fearful for their jobs that they won't hand over the reins at all anymore? It would be kinda cool to see a Jerry Seinfeld or Will Farrell or Martin Short sit in for Fallon sometime.
Kimmell uses fill-ins lately, due to many health probs with his son. I
think Jennifer Lawrence even did a show here in the last week...
That Derek
2017-11-07 00:56:09 UTC
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Not only did Jay Leno eschew substitute hosts, he also virtually eliminated young comedian showcases on his "Tonight Show." Johnny Carson shepharded new talent or his entire 30-year run: Bill Cosby, George Carlin, Robert Klein, Richard Pryor, Albert Brooks, Joan Rivers, David Brenner, Freddie Prinze, David Sayh, Elayne Boosler, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Sam Kinison, Roseanne Barr, Victoria Jackson, Drew Carey -- to name a few -- plus the "fogey" (I use the term affectionately) era types like Don Rickles, Rodney Dangerfield, Victor Buono, et. al.

Any respect I ever had for Leno was lost when he just sat back and allowed NBC to take the programme away from Conan O'Brien.

Am-I-right? Am-I-right? Am-I-right?
Michael OConnor
2017-11-07 01:59:24 UTC
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Not only did Jay Leno eschew substitute hosts, he also virtually eliminated young comedian showcases on his "Tonight Show." Johnny Carson shepharded new talent or his entire 30-year run: Bill Cosby, George Carlin, Robert Klein, Richard Pryor, Albert Brooks, Joan Rivers, David Brenner, Freddie Prinze, David Sayh, Elayne Boosler, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Sam Kinison, Roseanne Barr, Victoria Jackson, Drew Carey -- to name a few -- plus the "fogey" (I use the term affectionately) era types like Don Rickles, Rodney Dangerfield, Victor Buono, et. al.
Carson was in his prime arguably among the most powerful men in show business, for the power he had to make somebody an overnight star just by giving them five minutes to do some material on his show. He made an untold number of comedians famous from opening the door for them, as he did for Jay Leno.

When Johnny died, one of the many comics that he helped was on one of the news channels talking about his first appearance on the Tonight show, and how he went on the show with twenty dollars to his name, but the next morning, he had twenty thousand dollars worth of comedy gigs lined up because he gave a great performance on the Carson show.

I've heard where struggling comics would bet each other which would be the first to get an appearance on the Tonight Show. And after you were on a couple times, if Johnny really liked you, he would invite you back to the couch. IIRC Roseanne Barr was the first (and maybe the only) comic in the history of the Tonight show to be invited over to the couch on her first appearance because she had the audience (and Johnny) in stitches from the start.

The only other person in front of the camera in show business who I've seen who wielded that kind of power to make somebody rich overnight was Oprah. If Oprah told her housefraus to buy some crappy book or gourmet hand cream, they would buy a million of them. She once got sued by the Beef Industry because she said she wouldn't eat hamburgers because of unsafe practices in the meat industry during the Mad Cow scare, and she was so influential, people were actually following her lead and not eating beef.

Jay Leno was another one of those young comics who got his first national exposure on the Tonight show. You would have thought that after knowing Johnny personally and seeing firsthand how many careers, scores, if not a hundred or two, of household names, many of these people his friends, that Johnny gave a helping hand to, that Leno would also bring in an up and coming comic once a week to do five minutes worth of material on his show the way Johnny did.
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2017-11-07 03:59:47 UTC
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Leno had the show “taken away” from him by NBC and given to Conan. When Conan failed why shouldn’t Leno get payback by taking the show back?
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2017-11-07 04:12:55 UTC
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When Johnny died, one of the many comics that he helped was on one of
the news channels talking about his first appearance on the Tonight
show, and how he went on the show with twenty dollars to his name,
but the next morning, he had twenty thousand dollars worth of comedy
gigs lined up because he gave a great performance on the Carson show.
I've heard where struggling comics would bet each other which would
be the first to get an appearance on the Tonight Show. And after you
were on a couple times, if Johnny really liked you, he would invite
you back to the couch. IIRC Roseanne Barr was the first (and maybe
the only) comic in the history of the Tonight show to be invited over
to the couch on her first appearance because she had the audience
(and Johnny) in stitches from the start.
Drew Carey, too, I think.

When Carson retired in 1992, Comedy Central still had a fair number of
shows hosted by human beings (ex: Short Attention Span Theater, which I
still miss). On the day of Carson's retirement, the respect paid to
him on those shows was remarkable. Everybody then-famous was telling
their story about how they'd gotten on THE TONIGHT SHOW, and how good
and generous Johnny had been to them. Among those people, Johnny was
beloved.

I'm also thinking of an interview Carson did with Jack Benny around
1970. Somehow the subject of new talent came up, and Jack thought the
new generation hadn't produced many comedians. "Where are all the new
comedians coming from?" he wondered. I remember thinking, well, Jack,
no disrespect, but you and Burns and Hope have been sitting in their
goddamn seats.

The youngest comedian Carson ever debuted is likely in their late 50s
or early 60s now. Unfortunately, the new comedians are going to have
to find another way in.
c***@aol.com
2017-11-07 05:28:05 UTC
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Well no one since 1970 has been as funny as Jack Benny.
l***@gmail.com
2017-11-07 11:32:34 UTC
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uhhh to who wrote the title for this--why would u irrelevantly choose to use an insulting adjective to describe sum1 whos mother just died? smh.
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