Karen Belz
November 14, 2017 7:00 am

After taking a brief hiatus to be with family and loved ones after the death of his mother, Jimmy Fallon returned to The Tonight Show last night — and he had a special guest that nobody saw coming. Taylor Swift honored Gloria Fallon with “New Year’s Day,” a song off of her latest album. Not only did she make Jimmy Fallon shed a tear, but she chose a tune with a lyric that he could relate to.

Speaking of tears, Fallon’s monologue was one of his most emotional yet. He shared a story about their personal bond which Swift happened to find inspiration from. “She was the best audience,” Fallon said. “She was the one I was always trying to make laugh, and she was such a fan of the show and everything I did. When we were little, my mom would walk us to the store—me and my sister—and we 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.’ Last week I was in the hospital, at her side, and I grabbed her hand and I squeezed, ‘I love you,’ and I just knew we were in trouble.” He thanked his guests for all of their support he received while handling the news.

Swift appeared at the end of the show, and sang the song — which somewhat seemed to match Fallon’s story.

While fans might not have realized right away, Questlove from The Roots made a point to tweet about it.

We think it was such a lovely tribute, and think it probably made Fallon’s first day back just a little easier.