NEW YORK CITY -- “She was the one I was always trying to make laugh. She was such a fan of the show, and everything I did.”

Jimmy Fallon was back in his seat at the Tonight Show on Monday for the first time since his mother, Gloria, passed away.

“When we were little, my mom would walk us to the store, me and my sister,” Fallon said. “We would hold hands, you know. She would squeeze my hand three times and say, ‘I love you.’ I would squeeze back, ‘I love you, too.’ Last week I was in the hospital at her side, and I grabbed her hand and squeezed, ‘I love you.’ I just knew we were in trouble, you know.”

Tonight Show tapings were canceled last week so Fallon could be with his family.

“I feel so grateful to be able to do this every single night, and I’m very appreciative of all the support from all of you that my family received over the past week,” Fallon continued. “We’re gonna 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.”

Gloria Fallon died Nov. 4 at the age of 68.