Fallon explained to Niteside why he was instructed to call his family immediately after meeting Baldwin for the first time.
“I remember when I first started on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ he said, ‘What’s your name, new guy?’ I said, ‘It’s Jimmy Fallon’ and he goes, ‘Jimmy Fallon I’m going to say your name more than anyone has ever said your name on television tonight. So tell your parents to watch and all your friends.’”
Fallon added, “I counted six times he said my name that night and I was just freaking out. My parents and everyone was calling the next day. It’s a big deal when you’re first starting out. I’ll never forget that.”
There was no question that Fallon appreciates Baldwin, not only as an actor, but also as a friend.
“He’s the greatest guy in the world,” Fallon said. “He’s a gentleman and a great guy.”