Jimmy Fallon dispensed with comedy on Monday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to pay tribute to David Bowie with a touching speech about the singer’s sense of humor, which the host called “one of the greatest” he’s ever encountered.
“We would actually email each other jokes, every now and then,” Fallon said. “He was brilliant and sharp, and dark and funny. We were just talking about him last week. We wished him happy birthday, showed a clip of his video, and now he’s not with us.”
Fallon added that he tried to “think of something funny to say, but it just wouldn’t come out right.”
“So I’m just going to email, you, David Bowie,” the host concluded. “And if you can check your email in space, or heaven or wherever you are, you don’t have to email me back. In fact, don’t. It would be weird for me if — so don’t even consider it. Just read it and enjoy what I put in there.”
Fallon urged viewers to celebrate Bowie by downloading his albums, including the late singer’s latest, Blackstar. “It’s fantastic,” Fallon said. “Play it loudly and just thank him. Thank you, thank you, thank you, David Bowie. Thank you.”
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Fallon wasn’t alone in paying tribute to Bowie on Monday night: Stephen Colbert and Conan O’Brien dedicated portions of their shows to his memory as well.
Bowie died on Sunday night at age 69, following an 18-month battle with cancer, according to a statement released by his family.