“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has returned to the studio, minus the audience, after filming from Fallon’s home during the COVID-19 shutdown.
On Monday night, Fallon headed back to Studio 6A at 30 Rock where he delivered an emotional monologue.
“I’m here to show you there is a light at the end of the tunnel if we all do our part to keep each other safe,” he shared while sitting on a stool in his largely empty studio.
Fallon was joined only by the production crew — who were all wearing masks and PPE and standing several feet apart from one another — as well as the members of his show’s band, The Roots.
“I don’t know if anyone else feels this way, but normalcy, any type of normalcy, feels great,” the host continued. “So hopefully we can put a smile on your face for an hour every night and let you sit back and relax while we try to bring you a little bit of normal.”
“The show will be a little bit different than what you’re used to,” Fallon explained. “There is no audience, the guests will be streaming from home, but I think, in some ways, we are getting used different. So we are here for you and slowly and safely getting back to work and back to whatever normal is. Welcome again to ‘The Tonight Show’, and thanks for watching.”
Fallon was also welcomed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Over Zoom, Cuomo said, “New York is really open now that you’re doing your show again.”
Hosting from his modified set, Fallon also welcomed Charlize Theron and a performance by Little Big Town.
Fallon questioned Cuomo over his dating life after the split from chef Sandra Lee.
“I think New York City will be full reopened before I get out of phase 0 on dating,” he joked.