Jimmy Fallon Addresses Death Rumors on ‘Tonight Show’: “I’m Alive!”

Jimmy Fallon Addresses Death Rumors on ‘Tonight Show’: “I’m Alive!”

The social media rumors of Jimmy Fallon‘s demise have been greatly exaggerated as The Tonight Show tackled Twitter‘s scuttlebutt on Wednesday night’s episode.

Fallon opened the show by singing “he’s still alive!” and the late-night host responded with “I’m still alive!”

In his monologue, he returned to the subject. “I don’t know if you guys saw this but for the last 24 hours, #RIPJimmyFallon has been trending on Twitter,” Fallon said. “Even worse, when they heard I died, Ticketmaster kicked me out of line for Taylor Swift tickets,” he joked referring to the recent debacle over Swift tour tickets.

He continued, “Right away, though, it happened, but I was so touched that NBC immediately phoned and asked, ‘How do we turn this into another Law & Order ???” ‘”

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Fallon spoke about his efforts to debunk fake news on social networks. “#RIPJimmyFallon is the No. Twitter’s 2nd most popular trend. I did everything I could to lower it. I even tried the hashtag #RIPPEDJimmyFallon. I thought that would maybe help,” he said as he showed a picture of his head superimposed on the body of Ryan Gosling playing Ken in the Barbie movie.

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Fallon later explained, in a segment at the desk, what it was like to see it become a trend after he had died.

“Interesting evening last night for me to be trending you died on Twitter,” he said. It happened to me once .”

“I died 10 years ago on Twitter, so it wasn’t as traumatic the second time,” he joked referring to an earlier rumor of his demise.

Fallon stated that he was out to dinner with his wife and noticed the trend. He then told his wife what had happened.

Fallon continued, “Last Night I didn’t know what to say because it was hard to say, I’m not. ‘”

But he also joked he didn’t hear from as many people this time as he did after the earlier death rumor: “When I died the first time, 10 years ago, people cared. Lorne [Michaels] texted me. CAA; my agent called me first; my parents and my sister; it bothers everyone. It’s shocking. It was shocking. I expect flowers.

He concluded his remarks by reminding fans not to worry about them and advising that he will not be on Twitter when he dies.

“I am not going to die. I’m very healthy. Two little girls are my responsibility. I have much to live for. You don’t need to worry about me. I’m good,” Fallon said. “When I do die, I won’t be checking social media so you don’t need to say anything.”

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Stephen Colbert also chimed in on the #RIPJimmyFallon trend on CBS’ The Late Show, telling viewers at the end of his Wednesday night monologue that “Jimmy is alive and well. I would know. All of us late night hosts are each others’ emergency contacts.”

On Tuesday, the more mischief-making element on Twitter launched #RIPJimmyFallon, with users posting the hashtag often with a picture of someone other than Fallon.

The Tonight Show host tried to combat the fake news and tweeted at Twitter’s CEO Elon Musk for help to take down the hashtag. Fallon tweeted “Elon, can this be fixed?” #RIPJimmyFallon. Musk, who has taken a very personal approach to content moderation ever since he took control of Twitter, responded to Fallon’s tweet Wednesday morning with “Fix What ?”

Nov. 17, 4: 12 p.m. This story has been updated with more comments from Fallon on Wednesday night’s show and comments from Colbert on his Wednesday night show.

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