Jimmy Fallon:

DES­PER­ATELY TRY­ING TO SAVE HIS MAR­RIAGE

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Party boy no more! How Jimmy Fallon is re­pair­ing his re­la­tion­ship with his wife and kids

It was sup­posed to be a fam­ily day. But in­stead of pay­ing at­ten­tion to his wife, Nancy Ju­vo­nen, 49, and their two lit­tle girls, Win­nie, 3, and Frances, 20 months, Jimmy Fallon’s main fo­cus was his phone. “Nancy snapped,” says a source who saw the Fal­lons at a kids’ fes­ti­val near their home in New York’s Hamp­tons this past spring. “She said to Jimmy, ‘ You’re barely here as it is, so when you’re with the kids, please try to en­gage with them and not be on your phone the whole time.’ They got into a big fight.”

It was a turn­ing point for the cou­ple. Af­ter a dif­fi­cult few years for Jimmy — marked by re­ports of heavy drink­ing, se­ri­ous in­juries and an in­creas­ingly strained re­la­tion­ship with Nancy — the host of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 41, has vowed to be a bet­ter hus­band and fa­ther be­fore it’s too late. “Jimmy has been spend­ing the sum­mer with his fam­ily holed up in their Hamp­tons home try­ing to save his mar­riage,” the source tells In Touch ex­clu­sively. “He and Nancy went through a re­ally bad patch last year. But he’s mak­ing his fam­ily a pri­or­ity and wants to make things right again.”

He has a lot to prove. Jimmy has re­peat­edly made head­lines over the last few years for his wild latenight par­ty­ing at NYC bars. He also raised eye­brows af­ter suf­fer­ing two un­usual and se­ri­ous in­juries to his hands in falls in June and Oc­to­ber 2015 amid al­le­ga­tions he’d been drink­ing too much. ( NBC reps have de­nied he has a drink­ing prob­lem.) “Nancy was em­bar­rassed,” says the source, ex­plain­ing that it took a toll on their eight-year mar­riage. “She kept an eye on him, and when Jimmy faced back­lash, she put on a united front for the press. But she

just wasn’t happy.” The drama also af­fected his job. “While the net­work sup­ported him — his show is No. 1 in the late-night rat­ings — top ex­ecs were “watch­ing him very care­fully,” the in­sider ex­plained.

Jimmy and Nancy grew fur­ther apart. As the fun­ny­man con­tin­ued to party hard in NYC, his wife — Drew Bar­ry­more’s BFF and long­time pro­duc­ing part­ner — re­treated to their Hamp­tons home with the kids. “At first, Jimmy would take a he­li­copter to meet them on week­ends and some­times af­ter tap­ings dur­ing the week. But as time went on, he spent less time with them. They be­gan to live sep­a­rate lives,” says the source. The di­vide was dev­as­tat­ing to Nancy. “Be­fore they had kids, she was fine with Jimmy’s par­ty­ing. But once Win­nie was born, she ex­pected him to calm down a bit, and he never did. All Nancy wanted was for Jimmy to be a bet­ter fa­ther and hus­band, or just to see him try a bit more.”

He’s fi­nally taken no­tice. “Watch­ing Drew go through her split [from Will Kopel­man, in the spring] opened Jimmy’s eyes. He re­al­ized he was tak­ing their mar­riage for granted,” says the source. “Jimmy knows now that he has a lot to lose. It’s mak­ing him take a closer look at his pri­or­i­ties.” So far, it’s work­ing. “For the first time in a long time,” says the source, “he and Nancy genuinely seem happy.” ◼

Where They’re Holed Up

“Nancy needed to see him try a bit more be­cause she was feel­ing like a sin­gle par­ent at times,” says a source, who con­firms Jimmy is spend­ing the sum­mer with his fam­ily at their Hamp­tons home.

ROUGH PATCH “Things got so bad be­tween Jimmy and Nancy that when he would come home, they’d just snap at each other,” says a source.

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