Jimmy Fallon: 5 Things You Didn't Know About the Host
And they might surprise you.
Jimmy Fallon entertains America five nights out of the week as host of NBC's Tonight Show and has three Emmys under his belt.
But aside from his start on Saturday Night Live and leading late-night TV's ratings, The Hollywood Reporter looks at five facts you probably didn't know about the married, father of two.
His Junior High Teacher Predicted He'd Replace Letterman
On The Tonight Show, Fallon showed a picture from his eighth-grade yearbook. "At the end, my teacher makes predictions about what her students were going to go on to do," he told the audience. He showed a picture of himself as a young teen next to a computer, wearing a school uniform. After the camera pans down to the bottom of the yearbook, the text reads, "James Fallon will replace David Letterman on the Late Night Show." He joked, "I want to go to the race track with this teacher," while holding back tears. He appeared on Letterman's show on Sept. 27, 2012.
Blew His Chance to Date Nicole Kidman
During a visit to The Tonight Show, Nicole Kidman and Fallon touched on the old flame button. Fallon embarrassingly said that they had met once before and Kidman remarked, "Oh I remember." Fallon told his account of the story: His friend called and told him that Kidman wanted to meet Fallon to discuss Bewitched and would bring her to his apartment within 10 minutes. The actress then chimed in, "I just remember I liked you," she said before clarifying "not now. I'm married now," she said to the stunned late-night host. "Wait, what?" Fallon questioned. Her account was different from Fallon's: Their mutual friend told her that the late-night host wanted to meet her. When she arrived at the apartment, she said he was quiet and put a video game on and she thought he wasn't interested in her and might be gay. Watch the exchange below.
In an interview on NPR's Fresh Air, Fallon discussed his Catholic upbringing and how he attended private Catholic school. "I wanted to be a priest," he said. "I loved the church. I loved the idea of it. I loved the smell of the incense. I loved the feeling you get when you left church. I loved like how this priest can make people feel this good. I just thought it was — I loved the whole idea of it. My grandfather was very religious, so I used to go to Mass with him at like 6:45 in the morning, serve Mass. And then you made money, too, if you did weddings and funerals. You’d get like five bucks. And so I go ‘OK, I can make money too.’ I go, ‘This could be a good deal for me.’ I thought I had the calling."
Computer Science Major
Before becoming a household name from Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show, Fallon attended Albany's College of Saint Rose as a computer science major and was 15 credits shy of his degree, according to USA Today. He reportedly dropped out of school to pursue stand-up work.
Ice Cream Flavor Named After Him
In celebration of completing his first season as Tonight Show host, Ben & Jerry's launched a flavor in his honor: The Tonight Dough Starring Jimmy Fallon. The ice cream company's co-founders, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, unveiled the new flavor and packaging (which features Fallon's face on the carton) on his late-night show. The description is "caramel & chocolate ice cream with chocolate cookie swirls & gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough & peanut butter cookie dough." All proceeds from his ice cream go to charity.