Fallon explains how he ripped his finger off

15 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Are late-night talk shows doomed to go the way of soaps?.

Jimmy Fallon made his “Tonight Show” return on Monday after a two-week hiatus, revealing the gruesome details of the hand injury that almost cost him his finger. The Tonight Show host, 40, took to Twitter to thank fans for sending him “get well” messages while he recovers from the horrific accident that resulted in him undergoing hand surgery last month.The sea change that has roiled the late-night talk show scene in the last few years — with the retirement of both Jay Leno and David Letterman — masks a deeper problem: These shows are not the draw that they once were. On June 26, the comedian tripped on a braided rug (“I can’t wait to burn it to the ground”) in his kitchen and caught his ring on a countertop as he fell. The comic was back at work Monday for the first time following the June 26 accident in his New York home, wearing a cast on his left hand that extended nearly to the fingernail of his ring finger.

After he was assessed he was held in an Intensive Care Unit at the nearby Bellevue Hospital Center for 10 days where he was was told one of his fingers might have to be removed. He was rushed to a New York City emergency room, where a microsurgeon treated his hand for “ring avulsion.” “Apparently, the odds aren’t great and usually they cut your finger off, but this guy did microsurgery for over six hours and had to take a vein out of my foot,” Fallon said. “This is the craziest story — I was knocked out and didn’t know any of this.” “I was watching TV and I was reading this meaning of life thing, and I think this is the meaning of my life,” Fallon said. “I belong on TV and I should be talking to people who are watching, who are either in an ICU or wherever you are, at home, or if anyone’s suffering at all — this is my job.

A lackluster 2.7 million total viewers tuned in to “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” while Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” scraped by with a mere 1.8 million (both in the first quarter of 2015). And with Stewart’s departure just around the corner, the numbers for that show will inevitably be weakened with new host Trevor Noah (once the novelty wears off).

But despite his ordeal, Fallon was able to joke about the experience. “I should say the fall was funny – I’m a comedian so I have to fall funny,” he said, adding that he had already drawn up plans for a new kind of ring. Even stalwart enterprises such as “All My Children” and “One Life To Live,” which had been running for decades, were jettisoned for cheaper programming. In 2015, only four soaps remain: “Days of Our Lives” on NBC, “General Hospital” on ABC, and “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” on CBS. Of the quartet, “Y&R” has the biggest audience, with 4.8 million viewers, while “Days” and “GH” perform on a par with Kimmel, and “B&B” does as well as Fallon. When Johnny Carson hosted “The Tonight Show,” no one even thought of watching it the next day because it wasn’t possible — and he had 9 million viewers on an average night.

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