On November 14, several people on the internet thought Jimmy Fallon is dead after a fake post from The Tonight Show went viral on Twitter. However, the star is alive and well in 2022.
Twitter’s descent from somewhat toxic social media platform to positively radioactive post-apocalyptic thunderdome continues as a new hashtag based on false information begins to make the rounds.
This time the butt of the joke is Jimmy Fallon, with #RIPJimmyFallon trending across the platform at the moment. The late night talk show host quickly called out Chief Twit and Twitter’s ‘complaint hotline operator’ Elon Musk for an explanation.
The rumors about Fallon being dead started emerging on Twitter after people came across a post that read: “It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of late night legend, husband, and father of two, Jimmy Fallon. 1923-2022.”
The post also contained a throwback picture of Fallon with his dog.
People fell victim to the fake post as the photo was made it look like the announcement came from the official account of the Tonight Show. However, the actor is alive and well.
The first giveaway about the post being fake was the birth year that was mentioned in it. The post says that Fallon was born on 1923, when in reality, he was born in 1974.
The television personality is 48 years old but if someone were to believe the year mentioned on the post, it would mean that Fallon is 99 years old.
Clearly, someone who is every good at photoshop and editing has managed to have social media users convinced that Fallon has died.
It would also seem that people are using the hashtag simply to express their grief with completely unrelated matters, and the talk show host is just being thrown under the bus in the process.
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Diving into the hashtag at the moment is actually a refreshing change of pace for the rest of the grim reality of Twitter, which is currently kicking off about Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential bid. Which reminds us, Trump was also presumed dead on the social media platform earlier this month.
Much like our place in the universe, the origin of #RIPJimmyFallon remains unknown. However, we’re glad it does. Perhaps it all kicked off when Taylor Swift stole The Tonight Show after appearing on it last month while on her Midnights promotional circuit.
In any case, it’s time to return to reality. Jimmy Fallon is alive and well, and Twitter under Elon Musk’s leadership is in equal parts hilarious and concerning.