It was in the early hours of today morning that the Twitter user @EclipseShade69 tweeted a black-and-white photo of James Corden (who is otherwise in recent news for notorious reasons), with the caption: Gone but not forgotten. Rest easy king. Sept 19, 1974-Nov 15, 2022 #RIPJimmyFallon.
The tweet grew viral within no time, to the point that people actually began pouring tributes to Jimmy Fallon, believing that the talk show host is indeed dead.
Ah, yet another chaotic day on Elon Musk’s Twitter!
Given how some Twitter users were fooled and misinformation began spreading, @EclipseShade69 had to actually clarify his meme, “Since this is seriously blowing up, thought I'd just comment that this is satire. Fallon is alive and hope he's doing well.”
The hoax was so effective that one Twitter user even ended up sharing a morphed image of a tweet from the Tonight Show’s official account, announcing, “It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of late night legend, husband, and father of two, Jimmy Fallon. 1923-2022.”
As for Fallon, the ever-smiling TV personality also joined in the drama, tweeting, “Elon, can you fix this? #RIPJimmyFallon”.
Fallon has joined the likes of Rowan Atkinson, Amitabh Bachchan, Paul McCartney, Drake, Queen Elizabeth II (back when she was alive) as one of the many celebrities to fall victim to death hoaxes.
RIP Jimmy Fallon, he smacked his table too hard while laughing and got impaled by his microphone :(— Siddhant Adlakha (@SiddhantAdlakha) November 16, 2022
The biggest winner in this whole situation is perhaps the Twitter user who birthed the prank as @EclipseShade69 (a self-proclaimed anime-loving gamer) was taken aback by how fast his fake news spread, even thanking the ones who retweeted,
(By the way, Elon Musk is yet to respond to Fallon on whether he can fix this.)