Jimmy Fallon’s daughters have emerged as an integral part of his home edition of “The Tonight Show,” which he continues to record while quarantined to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Winnie (6) and Franny (5) have become familiar faces on the show, which Fallon hosts from his home for nearly a month, while Fallon’s wife and the girls’ mother, Nancy Juvonen, operate the camera.
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Juvonen said it made sense to get their kids involved, if only to show viewers that their family is like everyone else.
“Look, this is what we have,” Juvonen told New York magazine. “All we kept thinking about was that if we are not ourselves and authentic and in our sweatshirts and walks and messy and do life, (the audience) will feel it and we can’t keep it up. “
Juvonen is concerned that not everyone will appreciate the involvement of Winnie and Franny.
“Sometimes I say to Jimmy,” Is it okay, or have people become angry with us? Is it too cute? He said, “No, it’s great. “I’m going,” Okay, that’s all I need to know. Let’s go a little higher if we can stick to what we’re doing. ” ‘
Fallon and Juvonen have previously kept their private lives, especially when it came to the girls.
“I don’t do Instagram, I don’t do Facebook,” said Juvonen. (Jimmy) begs once a year, ‘Can we just do (one photo with the girls)? A? People need to know that I have a family. And I’m going, (you can use) the ski where we’re all covered. “
The girls were effectively discovered in “The Tonight Show”. In a recent episode, Winnie interrupted an interview to let Fallon know she lost a tooth. Both daughters also assisted during one of their father’s popular thank-you notes, judged a monologue, and even served as his band.
Fallon seems to have found the secret sauce while continuing to do his show and adding some lightness to a confusing time, although he’s not sure what’s coming for his program.
“I don’t know if we’ll ever have an audience again,” he told New York magazine, although he sees the value of what he does.
“People need some sort of distraction or some sign of normality,” he added.
That’s an attitude he has maintained, comparing the current situation of the Americans to the uncertainty following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
“I remember when (David) Letterman said now is a time to be brave and he said sometimes it’s just as good to pretend you’re brave,” he told TODAY last month. “And my wife reminded me of that quote. And so I said, “Yes, we have to do something. I need to do something.'”