Jimmy Fallon & Lionel Richie Perform Parody of 1984 “Hello” Video With That …

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‘Hello’! Jimmy Fallon and Lionel Richie Perform the Singer’s ’80s Classic with Hilarious Accuracy.

Jimmy Fallon had some fun parodying Lionel Richie’s 1984 “Hello” music video Friday night (Sept. 18) on The Tonight Show — and Richie provided his actual head for the sketch.The original clip for his 1984 hit is one of the most memorable of all time, featuring his image being moulded in clay by a blind girl who’d fallen in love with him.

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.Dressed in ’80s pastels and a ridiculous red wig, Fallon took the lead, singing Richie’s 1984 hit, “Hello” while Richie could barely make a straight face throughout.

It seems Tonight Show host Jimmy remembers it very well, and he managed to get Lionel himself involved as they made a surreal but VERY funny new version. That memorable 1984 video concludes with Richie’s blind love interest sculpting a clay bust of the singer’s face, despite not knowing what he looks like. Except in this instance it featured Lionel sticking his head through a hole in the table and singing the song while Jimmy (sporting a very fine 80s perm) got on with the clay-moulding. In the ensuing decades, the ending has been routinely mocked for how little the bust resembles Richie, something Richie himself later noted in an interview with Rolling Stone. Jimmy’s been tapping in to his musical side a lot lately, having also joined Ariana Grande on a round of the Musical Impressions Generator earlier this week – as she delivered amazing impersonations of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

The talk show host’s hilarious sketches have become a favourite for fans and celebrities, but he recently revealed one star decided against a skit at the last minute. 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. In Fallon’s imagined alternate history of “Hello,” the host paints a picture-perfect portrait of Richie while the offending bust sits on the wooden table, only this time around, the clay model is replaced with Richie’s actual head. The “Hello” parody arrived just days after Richie announced his upcoming Las Vegas residency, set to begin in April 2016 at The Axis at Planet Hollywood.

He claimed Justin Bieber – who was coaxed into performing a tongue-in-cheek version of his hit Where are U now – was originally meant to do more, but opted out on the day of his appearance. In the end, it’s revealed that Richie was his horrifying bust from the original “Hello” video all along, but in the artist’s mind, it was a lifelike interpretation. 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 min.

Richie is well-aware of the video’s lasting notoriety and even expressed concerns at the time about the bust. “I get to the video shoot and there’s this God-awful looking clay model of my head,” Richie told Rolling Stone in May 2014. “I said, ‘Bob [Girardi, the video’s director], this doesn’t look like me.’ He said, ‘OK, we’ll do the scene and we’ll talk about this later, Lionel.’ We get to scene two and I said, ‘Bob, I see the bust here. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. The ice cream company’s co-founders, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield (Ben & Jerry), 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.

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