‘Tonight Show’s’ Jimmy Fallon says almost lost finger in accident

15 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

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 Monday night, during his first show in two weeks, Fallon explained that he tripped on a braided rug in his kitchen “that my wife loves and I can’t wait to burn,” he said. 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.

Host Jimmy Fallon also recruited Rudd to test out a new game called Drinko, which is an updated version of the classic The Price Is Right game Plinko. Finally, due to an unfortunate turn of events, Fallon is required to drink cold gravy mixed with tequila, prompting him to declare, “This is the last time we’re playing Drinko, ladies and gentlemen.”

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). A doctor had to take a vein from his foot and put it inside his finger in order to save the digit – though in many cases of this kind, the finger would have simply been amputated, Fallon told the audience. “I won’t get the feeling back for eight weeks,” Fallon said, pointing at his bandaged hand, explaining that he had spent 10 days after the surgery recovering in the intensive care unit. 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). Even stalwart enterprises such as “All My Children” and “One Life To Live,” which had been running for decades, were jettisoned for cheaper programming.

He wasn’t kidding, as Fallon pulled out a paperback titled “Man’s Search for Meaning.” And he said it crystallized his own thoughts about what he should be doing. “This is the meaning of my life,” the 40-year-old comic said. “I belong on TV … if anyone’s suffering at all, this is my job. 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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