Back at work, Jimmy Fal­lon de­scribes the fall that al­most cost him a fin­ger

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY DAVID BAUDER

“Tonight” show host Jimmy Fal­lon spent 10 days in a hos­pi­tal in­ten­sive care unit af­ter trip­ping in his kitchen and in­jur­ing a fin­ger so badly it re­quired six hours of mi­cro­surgery to save.

The comic was back at work Mon­day for the first time fol­low­ing the June 26 ac­ci­dent in his New York home, wear­ing a cast on his left hand that ex­tended nearly to the fin­ger­nail of his ring fin­ger.

His wed­ding ring caught on a sur­face as he tried to break his fall.

“I tripped and fell in our kitchen on a braided rug that my wife loves,” he said. “I can’t wait to burn it to the ground.”

His badly bent fin­ger look­ing like a “hor­ror movie,” Fal­lon took a cab to an emer­gency room. He was told what he thought was a bro­ken fin­ger was much more com­pli­cated, and was sent to another hos­pi­tal. He said he was told that many peo­ple with the same in­jury lose their fin­ger.

The com­pli­cated surgery in­volved tak­ing a vein from his foot to help re­pair the fin­ger.

Ten days in the hos­pi­tal made Fal­lon a lit­tle stir crazy.

“I started los­ing it half­way through,” he said. “I started read­ing books about the mean­ing of life.”

He wasn’t kid­ding, as Fal­lon pulled out a pa­per­back ti­tled “Man’s Search for Mean­ing.” And he said it crys­tal­lized his own thoughts about what he should be do­ing.

“This is the mean­ing of my life,” the 40-year-old comic said. “I be­long on TV ... if any­one’s suf­fer­ing at all, this is my job. I’m here to make you laugh. I’m here to make you have a good time.”

It was a rough sum­mer break for NBC’s “Tonight” show crew. Fal­lon’s an­nounc­ing side­kick, Steve Higgins, said he spent much of the time in bed with Lyme Dis­ease.

The ad­van­tage of be­ing a co­me­dian, Fal­lon said, is that he got plenty of email mes­sages from friends that made him laugh. And it made him see the hu­mour in his fall.

“If it was me watch­ing me,” he said, “I would laugh.”

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