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Ariana Grande Breaks Down on 'Tonight Show' After Singing 'Natural Woman'

8/16/2018 4:59 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ariana Grande did something she did not want to do today, but powered through in honor of Aretha Franklin and then broke down in tears.

Production sources tell us Ariana was scheduled to appear on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Thursday ... but she was only going to do a comedy skit. She was not going to sing.

When she arrived on set, producers asked her if she would perform an Aretha song in honor of the late singer. Ariana told them she couldn't do it ... she was just too emotional in the wake of her death. She said Aretha was one of her heroes.

We're told Questlove then approached Ariana and convinced her it would be awesome for her to perform an Aretha song with the Roots. 

Ariana changed her mind and opened the show with 'Natural Woman.' It's the first thing you'll see if you watch the show. Ariana brought the house down and got a standing O.

We're told when Ariana left the stage she broke down in tears.

Jimmy Fallon Real-Life Name That Song Challenge ... Guns N' Roses Style!!!

8/6/2018 9:33 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jimmy Fallon took one of his most popular late night games out of the studio and tried it live in the Hamptons -- and it was just as entertaining with way more booze ... we think.

The 'Tonight Show' host was hanging with his wife, Nancy Juvonen, Friday night at The Palm East Hampton, when he decided to belt out some Guns N' Roses to one lucky patron ... while everyone else in the place was watching and cheering. 

We won't tell you what song it is, 'cause that's all part of the fun! BTW, eyewitnesses say Jimmy appeared pretty sloshed with his wifey. So, yeah ... ya might have trouble deciphering some of the lyrics.

Pete Davidson Being Engaged to Ariana Grande 'Is F***in' Lit'

6/20/2018 6:41 PM PDT

Pete Davidson is clearly over the moon to be engaged to Ariana Grande -- and he let Jimmy Fallon know it.

Davidson was on 'The Tonight Show' Wednesday and was asked straight-up about his engagement. Pete held nothing back, saying "it's f***in' lit."

It's the first time either Pete or Ariana has spoken publicly about their engagement ... and, given the way Pete opened up, we're guessing it won't be the last.

As we reported ... Pete plunked down nearly $100k on a ring for Ariana after only dating for a few weeks, and the two moved in together into a $16 mil NYC apartment over the weekend. 

Christina Aguilera & Jimmy Fallon Terrible Disguises, Awesome Concert!!

6/14/2018 8:43 AM PDT

Christina Aguilera and Jimmy Fallon tried going incognito (keyword: tried) during a surprise show for a throng of fans.

Christina and Jimmy showed up in costumes at an NYC subway terminal Wednesday and filmed their surprise performance for a 'Tonight Show' episode slated to air Thursday night. The pair teamed up for a couple tunes ... including George Michael's "Freedom! '90" and her 2002 hit, "Fighter."

The crowd was diggin' it, though they didn't seem all that surprised it was Christina and Jimmy. That voice and face are instantly recognizable. Watch ... even after the big reveal, the crowd played it off like they knew all along. They kept jamming, and fans kept clapping. A good time was had by all.

Jimmy Fallon Gives Speech for MSDHS Graduation ... 'You Are the Present'

6/3/2018 3:50 PM PDT

Jimmy Fallon gave a heartfelt commencement speech to the graduating glass at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School -- which paid tribute to the trauma they endured this year.

The 'Tonight Show' host made a surprise appearance Sunday at MSDHS's graduation ceremony at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida to make his remarks as the keynote speaker. While funny in its own right, Jimmy kept his address a bit more on the serious side.

He honored the students who spearheaded the March for Our Lives rally earlier this year, in response to the shooting massacre at the school ... which left 17 people dead, allegedly at the hands of Nikolas Cruz. Fallon himself attended the rally, and has been a vocal supporter of their cause. 

Toward the end of his speech, Jimmy notes that most commencement speakers will talk in the future tense when addressing a graduating class ... but says he wouldn't do that, because the kids of Marjory Stoneman Douglas are "the present."

As you might imagine, he got a big round of applause for that one. 

Jay Leno Forever Young ... With an Oldie (But Goodie) Classic Car

5/27/2018 2:18 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jay Leno might be 68 years old, but he's driving like he's 25 in spirit ... and maybe about 90 or so on the road. 

The former 'Tonight Show' host was spotted revving up on the I-5 freeway in Burbank, CA Sunday in what appears to be a 1930s-inspired whip. We're not car experts, so don't quote us ... but it kinda looks like a classic '70s era Clénet -- maybe even a 1950 Bentley.

Eyewitnesses tell us Jay was driving about 55 mph in the right-most lane, flashing the peace sign at cars passing him ... and letting the wind have its way with his hair. We're told the car even backfired while he was cruising ... yeah, you know it's an oldie!

There were no other cars or cameras tailing him, so this doesn't seem to have been filmed for his series "Jay Leno's Garage," where he talks shop and tests rides like this all the time.

Oh, and don't worry ... he didn't have any major car trouble here -- unlike last time, when he had to change a tire -- as far as we know. Ah, they don't make 'em like they used to.

'Tonight Show' Racial Lawsuit Challenges NBC's Treatment of Brokaw & Lauer

5/7/2018 7:21 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Two white cameramen who are suing NBC -- claiming the network is racist -- allege the network has a pattern of protecting itself and sweeping misconduct under the rug ... and they are pointing to the Tom Brokaw and Matt Lauer cases.

Kurt Decker and Michael Cimino were cameramen on 'The Tonight Show' with Jimmy Fallon, until they got fired for receiving racist text messages from a 'Tonight Show' stagehand. They claim they were singled out by Questlove, the band leader, who protected a black NBC employee who also received the text message, but allegedly told NBC bigwigs to fire the 2 white cameramen. The 2 were fired for not reporting the text messages to their bosses.

They say in new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, there's a culture at the network to cover up misdeeds of some. They raise the Tom Brokaw case where a former NBC correspondent accused him of sexual harassment. Scores of women, many of whom work at NBC, came out in a public show of support.

Decker and Cimino say many of the women were pressured by the network to sign the petition supporting Brokaw. They add the letter was being circulated at the NBC offices and the women feared retaliation if they didn't sign.

They also raise the Matt Lauer case, where they say many employees knew Lauer was a serial sexual harasser, but never reported it. Decker and Cimino say none of those employees were disciplined.

The two former cameramen also say Questlove himself is guilty of racist and misogynistic language and behavior -- especially involving women and people of Asian descent -- yet the network has never disciplined him.

Offset Gets Outside Interference From Ric Flair ... To Rip Fallon Stage

4/18/2018 7:15 AM PDT

Takeoff & Quavo watch out ... Offset might've found a new companion to kill stages with, 'cause him and Ric Flair totally pinned the whole 'Tonight Show' crowd with a performance of "Ric Flair Drip."

Offset kicked off the proceedings, strutting his way through the first verse before Flair came out and drove the crowd wild, showing that at 69 (lol) he can still style and profile with the best of them.

We're not sure how far Offset and Ric will take this whole thing -- remember, they already dropped an epic video for the song together -- but the robes match, the swag matches and the struts are identical.

I'm telling you, somebody is about to get left off the next "Bad and Boujee."

Method Man & Ghostface Killah Teach James Comey About C.R.E.A.M. Where's Our Damn Album?!!

4/18/2018 7:52 AM PDT

Wu-Tang Clan's next collab is gonna be really weird ... is what we'd say if this pic with ex-FBI Director James Comey was taken anywhere near a recording studio.

Thankfully, Ghostface Killah and Method Man were just backstage at the 'Late Show' Tuesday when they ran into Comey. Truth is, Meth and Ghostface have some pressing biz with Comey's old boss ... and might have hit him up for advice.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions currently has custody of Wu-Tang's album "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" ... which the feds seized from Martin Shkreli.

We're guessing Comey told 'em he's not exactly tight with his old crew at the Justice Dept. 

Sorry, 'fellas .. I got canned.

Questlove, NBC Sued You Fired Us 'Cause We're White All Over a 'Racist' Text

1/24/2018 1:00 PM PST
Breaking News

6:00 PM PT -- A rep for Questlove tells us he denies the "ridiculous allegations" in this suit, adding ... "Racism is REAL and exists throughout the world and for these gentlemen to claim victim is not only disrespectful to Questlove and his band mates, but to all that truly endure racism on a daily basis."

3:36 PM PT -- A rep for NBC tells us, "NBC is committed to providing a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. We have strong policies in place that protect against discrimination in any form. The decision about these plaintiffs was the company's alone."

Questlove demanded NBC fire two white camera guys on the 'Tonight Show' over a racist group text they never asked to be a part of ... this according to a new lawsuit.

Camera operators Kurt Decker and Michael Cimino just filed suit against the TV network and the leader of The Roots after what they claim was misappropriated blame and racial retaliation from Questlove after each of them received a racist text he caught wind of.

According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, a stagehand sent Decker, Cimino and Roots member Mark Kelley -- who's black -- a text during a taping of the 'Tonight Show' last year, which they say they never asked for or responded to. They say they tried explaining this to NBC execs in an attempt to distance themselves from the vile text, which they feared would be associated with them.

Questlove got wind of this and demanded that NBC fire the camera operators, which NBC did.

The Roots band member who also received the texts did not get punished.

Jimmy Fallon Salivating Over Stanton-to-Yanks ... 'OOOOOOH'

12/12/2017 11:23 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Jimmy Fallon's so stoked on Giancarlo Stanton joining the Yankees, dude went straight PRIMAL when we asked him about the blockbuster trade.

"OOOOOOOOOH ... what a season we're gonna have, oh my goodness!" Jimmy grunted/said to TMZ Sports in the Big Apple.

Fallon's New York born and bred ... so he couldn't even try to play it cool talking about Stanton -- and new manager, Aaron Boone -- putting on the pinstripes.

The real question -- how are Jimmy and Giancarlo gonna top Aaron Judge's appearance on "The Tonight Show?"

Jimmy Fallon 'Tonight Show' Tapings Canceled After Mother's Death

11/5/2017 2:54 PM PST

Jimmy Fallon won't be hitting the TV airwaves anew this week ... NBC canceled new tapings of "The Tonight Show" following his mother's death.

The network announced Sunday there wouldn't be any new 'Tonight Show' episodes airing this week, and that re-runs would be coming on Monday through Friday instead.

As we reported ... Fallon's mother, Gloria, died Saturday in a NYC hospital with Jimmy and other family by her side. She was reportedly quite ill.

Fallon released a statement saying he had lost his "biggest fan" in his mother. Gloria was 68.

Tim Tebow Surprises 'Inspirational' Fan with Prom Dance

5/18/2017 8:51 AM PDT
Breaking News

Another amazing moment from Tim Tebow -- this time, he surprised an "inspirational" special needs fan by asking her to slow dance on "The Tonight Show."

The whole thing is great ... Tebow was talking to Jimmy Fallon about his annual "Night to Shine" event (a prom-style event for special needs kids all over the world) when he pulled a fan out of the crowd!

Turns out the fan is Judy Adams -- who had invited Tim to be her date to the event, but a travel conflict kept Tebow from accepting her offer.

So he made it up to her on "The Tonight Show"  with some help from Fallon -- and it's awesome. 

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