All the late-night shows have temporarily suspended production amid the growing coronavirus pandemic, but on Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon both followed Stephen Colbertâs lead and produced makeshift monologues from their respective homes.
Now, all three broadcast 11:30 p.m. hosts have returned to the airwavesâat least digitallyâto entertain anxious viewers as the crisis continues to spread.
Colbert had led the charge on Monday, performing a surprise monologue from his home bathtub after The Late Show With Stephen Colbert was shut down due to coronavirus concerns.
His broadcast rivals returned with their own at-home monologues Tuesday.
Jimmy Fallon kicked off his 10-minute video by announcing he would be producing âThe Tonight Show, home edition.â On Tuesday, his wife Nancy operated the camera, his six-year-old daughter Winnie served as his graphics department and older daughter Frannie also made a brief appearance.
âI wanted to put something out there for you guys so we can have some levity in these bizarre times,â said Fallon, who promised to âswitch it up every single nightâ until it was safe for Tonight Show production to resume.
Fallon said heâll promote a different charity each night, starting with Feeding America, which operates 200 food banks nationwide, and urged viewers to donate.
Following a monologue about working from home and Tom Bradyâs announcement that he would be leaving the New England Patriots, Fallon celebrated St. Patrickâs Day by eating Irish soda bread and performed a new Irish ditty he had written (âSo Kiss me, Iâm Irish, but stay six feet away/Cause no one wants to get a virus on St. Pattyâs Dayâ).
âWe can get through this together,â Fallon told his audience.
Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel also returned Tuesday, with a six-minute âminilogueâ that he said he would shoot every day until Jimmy Kimmel Live production resumes. As was the case with Fallon, Kimmelâs graphics were also handmade by his kids and Kimmel also vowed to promote a worthy charity each night (first up: No Kid Hungry).
Kimmelâs âminilogueâ touched on being at home with his kids (âWeâve watched Frozen 2 more times than the animators who drew it have watched Frozen 2â) and Donald Trumpâs leadership during the coronavirus pandemic (âHe gave himself a 10, which incidentally is the same amount of testing kits that are currently available in the United States right nowâ). He also shared tips for Â celebrating St. Patrickâs Day in quarantine (among them: put green food coloring in your hand santizer).
âThe only way weâll get through this is by sticking together,â said Kimmel.
Colbert delivered another at-home monologue, which was inserted into the beginning of Tuesdayâs Late Show repeat. He relocated from his bathtub to his backyard firepit, where he talked about Trump (âWhen Trump said we were going to be sick of winning, I didnât think he meant it literallyâ) and dueted with his band leader Jon Batisteâwho was at his own homeâon a new version of âDanny Boyâ (âOh Danny Boy, your hands, your hands need washingâ).
David Spade, who hosts Comedy Centralâs late-night show Lights Out With David Spade, is also doing monologues from his home on that programâs social media platforms.
With all those hosts back in action so quickly, it seems inevitable that their other late-night peers will soon join them.