Jimmy Fallon was back in 30 Rock studios for Monday night’s episode of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” after nearly four months away due to the coronavirus pandemic.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appeared as a guest via Zoom and welcomed Fallon back, saying: “New York is really open now that you’re doing your show again.”
Fallon is the first of the late-night hosts to return to the studio. He, Jimmy Kimmel, Trevor Noah, Samantha Bee and Stephen Colbert all turned to YouTube to entertain from home in mid-March.
After months of “At Home” editions of his show, Fallon interviewed Cuomo from a modified Studio 6A, where he and house band The Roots will continue to film with a limited crew, according to Deadline.
In their interview, Cuomo touted New Yorkers sticking to stay-at-home orders for “taming the beast” and bringing the COVID-19 infection rate down — as other states see surges in cases.
“We’re just worried the infections are going to come from the other states now, back to New York, and that would be a tragedy,” Cuomo said.
Fallon also quizzed the governor on his love life, asking him: “What phase of dating are you currently in?”
“Zero. I’m at phase zero on dating,” Cuomo replied, as Fallon laughed.
“There is no duration on phase zero … you could stay at phase zero for months,” Cuomo continued.
“I think New York will be fully reopened before I get out of phase zero on dating.”
The 62-year-old dad-of-three’s love life has garnered a lot of attention amid the pandemic — and he’s been forced to confirm that he’s single in several interviews.