The new host of "The Tonight Show" discusses his most challenging role yet: becoming a father.
After hosting Late Night since 2009, Jimmy Fallon has inherited The Tonight Show! The native New Yorker, 39, who's hosting the NBC show nightly from Manhattan, is understandably excited about his new gig (first guests: Will Smith and U2!), but he's even more ecstatic about his other new role as father to seven-month-old daughter Winnie Rose. Fallon and his wife, producer Nancy Juvonen—she's Drew Barrymore's partner in Flower Films—tried in vain to have a baby before ultimately deciding to use a gestational surrogate. Here, he candidly talks about their emotional journey, from frustration to elation:
Parenthood didn't come easily for you."¨
Jimmy Fallon: No. It's hard if you can't have children. We struggled for a good five years trying to have a kid.
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How did you remain strong during that period?"¨
JF: It's my wife. She's just tough. I couldn't even imagine. I'm there for her and she's there for me, and [we said], "We're just gonna do this. It's gonna be fine and work itself out." But it's really hard. People have struggled longer than we did, but there are shots involved and acupuncture and sleeping upside down. We tried everything. There's the embarrassment of telling people that we're having one and we're pregnant and then it's not working out. You have to go out and be funny every night and tell jokes and act like nothing's going wrong. But that's being a comedian, that's the job. Now I'm genuinely really happy.
You kept quiet about the birth until the very end.
JF: Yeah. I just didn't even tell anyone. I didn't even tell my family. That's the only way to keep it real secret. Just don't tell anyone.
By Gerri Miller
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