Jimmy Fallon has taken over as “The Tonight Show” host on NBC and has managed to bring NBC some of it’s best ratings for the show in decades. It is not surprising in the least, as people loved Fallon on Late Night and NBC’s hope of him moving to The Tonight Show was done, in part, to improve ratings. Fallon’s antics on Late Night made him beloved by his fans, so it should come as no surprise that he took on a challenge called “The Polar Plunge” out of no where.
To set this up, Jimmy Fallon hilariously took a shot at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a local newspaper, basically just saying how he was afraid of him. So the mayor decided to tell Fallon on Twitter that he needed to toughen up and take the Polar Plunge in Chicago. Jimmy immediately agreed…but had no idea what it was.
The Polar Plunge is a day where people jump into freezing cold water in Chicago.
Fallon then found out what it was, yet did not back down. Commendable Jimmy, very commendable.They ended up having a great showing, and all the donations went to the Special Olympics.
Over 3,000 people took the plunge including Mayor Emanuel. The Mayor said he would take the plunge if kids at a local library read over a million books…they read over two million. You had to do it Mayor…
Jimmy took the plunge in a full suit and tie, because apparently we cannot recognize him without this. For his sacrifice, the Mayor named March 2014 “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” month. On top of that, the Mayor is set to appear on The Tonight Show at some point in the future. So it seems everyone won in some way here.
Most of us would never take such a crazy chance at freezing to death by jumping in freezing cold water, but it seems Jimmy was not scared off by this. He joked that the city had to bulldoze some ice so that he could actually jump in the water. Obviously, this would intimidate even the strongest of men.
Fallon claimed that the water was around 30 degrees, but there was a blizzard the night before so it was around 8 degrees outside. Obviously with it being Chicago, it’s cold and windy. Chicago is not the greatest of places to be when the cold time of the year occurs.
Fallon did earn some respect from fans for this, so it was worth his time. He said he felt like he was having a heart attack after jumping in, but it was still a lot of fun. This is Fallon’s full second week on The Tonight Show and he’s already doing some crazy stuff. Pace yourself Jimmy, pace yourself.