Video: Jimmy Fallon's tearful tribute to late mother - 'The one I was always trying to make laugh'

Jimmy Fallon returned to his late night show last night (NZT) and paid an emotional tribute to his late mother. 

Fallon took a week off his show to spend time with his family following the death of his 68-year-old mother last week.  

"As some of you know, my mother, Gloria, passed away recently," Fallon said.

"She was the best audience. She was the one I was always trying to make laugh. She was such a fan of the show, and everything I did." 

Fallon went on to share an emotional story about how he held hands with his mother as a child, where she would squeeze his three times and told him she loved him. 

"Last week, I was in the hospital and I grabbed her hand and squeezed, 'I love you,'

"I just knew we were in trouble, you know?" he said, holding back tears. 

Fallon added he is grateful for the opportunity to do what he does every single night. 

"I'm very appreciative of all the support from all of you that my family received over the past week. We're going to continue to work really hard to bring some light and some laughter into the world.

"Thank you for watching, thank you for helping me and my family recover from this loss. Mom, I'll never stop trying to make you laugh. I love you."

According to family, Gloria Fallon passed away peacefully on November 4.