On the latest edition of the Tonight Show: Home Edition, Jimmy Fallon got emotional paying tribute to Hal Willner, the music producer who died from COVID-19 complications this week at the end of 64.
Willner was the sketch music producer on Saturday Night Live from 1981, overlapping with Fallon when he joined the show in 1998.
“At this point, everyone either knows someone who knows someone who has COVID-19, or knows someone who has had it and beat it, or knows someone who has had it and passed away,” said a tearful Fallon in the show’s intro. “Sadly for me today was my first passing, our good friend Hal Willner from Saturday Night Live, who was a music producer genius, creative genius. I loved him so much, every cast member loved him and we will miss him so much.”
“My thoughts go to his family. Everyone just take care of each other. Stay safe, we’re going to get through this together. Let’s talk and help each other out whenever we can. I will talk more about Hal as the weeks go on,” he continued emotionally.
You can watch the full clip above, and read our obituary of Hal Willner here.
Fallon, alongside Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, will host One World: Together At Home, a major TV event curated by Lady Gaga that will promote the fight against COVID-19 and will air across numerous networks on April 18.
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