Jimmy Fallon describes quarantine as ‘controlled chaos’ while he films Tonight Show episodes at home

Though The Tonight Show suspended production earlier in the month over coronavirus concerns, host Jimmy Fallon has been broadcasting episodes from the comfort of his home.

But the 45-year-old admitted in an interview with People on Wednesday that producing The Tonight Show: At Home Edition with his young daughters in such close proximity has proved to be, what he calls, ‘controlled chaos.’  

‘I’ve realized that I don’t have a quiet room in my house,’ said Fallon. ‘Maybe I’ll have to do one episode from inside my bathroom and keep the door locked!’ 

Controlled Chaos: Jimmy Fallon admitted in an interview with People on Wednesday that producing The Tonight Show: At Home Edition with his young daughters in such close proximity has proved to be, what he calls, ‘controlled chaos’

Fallon shares five-year-old daughter Frances and six-year-old daughter Winnie with wife of 13-years Nancy Juvonen.

The idea of broadcasting The Tonight Show from home was originally pitched to Fallon by Juvonen upon the entire family entering quarantine nearly two weeks ago.  

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‘My wife said, “We’re all quarantined in the house together, this is the time, you have to put something out there. Let’s do a show from here. I’ll be the camera operator. Winnie will do the graphics, and Franny will do the music. So many charitable causes need money, so it’s a good way to get the word out.”‘ 

The Tonight Show: At Home Edition, which airs on the official Tonight Show YouTube page, highlights a different charitable organization each episode and features various celebrity cameos from Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda to actress Jennifer Garner.

No privacy: ‘I’ve realized that I don’t have a quiet room in my house. Maybe I’ll have to do one episode from inside my bathroom and keep the door locked,’ joked Fallon who utilizes daughters Winnie and Frances as co-hosts 

At home: Though The Tonight Show suspended production earlier in the month over coronavirus concerns, host Jimmy Fallon has been broadcasting episodes from the comfort of his home

With so much pandemic panic and millions of families holed up in their homes, Fallon could not help but compare the social climate in the United States to that of the climate following the attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11.  

‘I was on SNL and I remember looking to my late-night comedians for guidance,’ recalled Fallon.

‘I remember David Letterman saying courage is what we need right now but sometimes pretending to be courageous is almost just as good.’

With that quote in mind, Fallon was given more than enough motivation to begin taping The Tonight Show from home. 

‘It’s the time to put our problems aside and come together, then big things can be accomplished.’

Mind behind the magic: ‘My wife [Nancy Juvonen] said, “We’re all quarantined in the house together, this is the time, you have to put something out there. Let’s do a show from here’; Fallon pictured with wife Nancy in 2013

Jimmy marveled at the fact that his wife’s idea started as ‘an email to my producers’ and then quickly ‘grew into everyone wanting to help’ which ‘has been amazing’ for the show’s evolution.

The web-based talk show premiered last Tuesday and featured Fallon’s famous guitar playing as he fired off jokes in his kitchen.  

‘As soon as we did our first show, writers and comedians and all my friends were saying I want to help,’ claimed Fallon.

‘Musical friends are offering to do a song. We’re all putting on the show. It isn’t about ratings or anything else, it’s about — we’re here to help.’ 

In terms of the show’s overall structure, Jimmy said that he is ‘doing it from my house and loosely editing it in my brain.’

‘The writers are all quarantined and sending jokes. We’re all coming together to give the country a little bit of normalcy.’ 

His co-hosts: ‘[Frances and Winnie] don’t know they’re being seen by millions of people. They just want to play,’ said Fallon who uploads the episodes nightly to the Tonight Show YouTube channel; Fallon with daughter Winnie and Frances during the most recent episode

Adding their own flair: ‘They know what I do but they’ve never seen it like this — so Winnie really is the graphics department, drawing with her crayons. And Franny will somehow disrupt the show. She is ready to party,’ remarked Fallon; Frances sitting at the Piano during the most recent Tonight Show: At Home episode

But even with veteran comedy writers and celebrity pals at his disposal, Fallon features his daughter Frances and Winnie as his ‘first, second and third guests every night.’      

‘[Frances and Winnie] don’t know they’re being seen by millions of people. They just want to play. They know what I do but they’ve never seen it like this — so Winnie really is the graphics department, drawing with her crayons. And Franny will somehow disrupt the show. She is ready to party.’

Fallon explained that he wants to make quarantining as ‘enjoyable as possible’ for his daughters. 

‘Who knows how long we’re going to have to [quarantine]. This could be the new normal for a while, you gotta make the best of it.’

In terms of groceries, essentials, and his daughter’s educations, Fallon has got it covered. 

The new normal: ‘Who knows how long we’re going to have to [quarantine]. This could be the new normal for a while, you gotta make the best of it’; Fallon shared this snapshot of himself, wife Nancy, daughter Frances, and daughter Winnie at Disneyland in January

‘I’ve stocked up on everything. The kids have great schools and are learning online. We wake up in the morning and every one of us is in a Zoom meeting. My kids are in a Zoom meeting. I’m in a Zoom meeting. We’re full on business.’   

On homeschooling, Fallon remarked that he ‘loves school’ and ‘loves teachers so much’ and that having to take on their responsibilities has made his love grow fonder.

‘I really respect them and now have an even bigger, deeper respect for teachers and school.’

With the uncertainty of the future, all Fallon can do is like the ‘controlled chaos’ become his family’s ‘new normal.’  

‘We’re going to keep on doing the shows,’ promised Fallon. ‘Let’s just keep doing this because I think the world needs this right now, and we want to help.’

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  • Jimmy Fallon Opens Up About His Daughters, Tonight Show: At Home Co-Hosts | PEOPLE.com
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