Jimmy Fallon returned to The Tonight Show on Monday (July 13) after his scary accident and he explained that his finger almost had to be amputated!
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be back and seeing you guys here. What a crazy break we had, a two-week break. So basically what happened is I tripped and fell on a braided rug that my wife loved, and I can’t wait to burn it to the ground. I tripped and fell and I caught my fall. So I’m getting up and my finger’s sideways. So I go, ‘Oh, my God! Did I just break my finger? This is the lamest thing in the whole world.’ It completely looks fake, like in a cheap horror movie where you see a broken finger. It looks like that! That’s what it looks like. So I wrap my hand in a towel and I get in a cab and go to the emergency room. I go, ‘I broke my finger! I think I broke my finger!’ And they go, ‘Oh, you didn’t break your finger,’” the 40-year-old host explained.
“It’s a thing called ring avulsion. A-V-U-L-S-I-O-N. If you Google it, it’s graphic images. Don’t Google it. But ring avulsion, it’s a real thing…My ring got caught on a countertop when I was going down and stuck there and pulled my finger out,” he explained. “Trust me, I’m like, ‘Wait, what?’ I didn’t even look at the thing. So I go, ‘Can you fix it?’ And they go, ‘Oh, no. No. We’ve got to send you somewhere else,’” Jimmy said.
Jimmy continued, “odds aren’t great with these things…Usually they just cut your finger off. So, I was going to lose my finger. And I was like, ‘Wow.’ So this guy did surgery for like six hours—microsurgery—so it’s like under a microscope. He had to take a vein out of my foot. It’s a crazy story! I didn’t know this was happening because I was knocked out at this point. So he took a vein out of my foot and put it in there. Veins only work one way…so you have to remember which way and reverse it, and if you’re putting it together and you do one missed stitch or something like that, the vein closes up and it’s useless. You screwed up and it’s not going to happen. And he did it. He saved my finger.” Jimmy also added that he was in the ICU for 10 days after surgery!
Watch him explain the entire story below…
Also pictured inside: Jimmy with his guests Paul Rudd and Jon Glaser on Monday night’s episode.