“In memoriam” segments at awards shows tend to be serious montages featuring some of the fallen stars of the year prior. But at this year’s Emmy Awards, the night’s MC, Jimmy Fallon, decided to have a little fun with the yearly tradition by saying farewell to several of the beloved television shows that went off the air this past year.
Dressed as Elton John, Fallon sat down at a pink grand piano and sang his own version of “Candle in the Wind” in honor of the now-defunct “24.” During the song, he changed the lyrics to: “Goodbye ’24’/ Though I never watched you on TV/ I missed one episode/ Had to buy the DVDs/ … [Jack Bauer] never going to the men’s room, how did he hold it in?/ I would like to thank you for the torturing/ And the first black president.”
Transitioning into a member of Boyz II Men, Fallon said goodbye to onetime television mainstay “Law & Order” with his take on “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.” “How do I say goodbye, ’Law & Order’?/ The good crimes, that changing cast/ I thought we’d get to season 21, but now that sound has gone away/ But at least there’s still that one with Mariska Hargitay,” he crooned to the laughing crowd.
Fallon then became Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and, strumming his guitar, changed up the band’s hit “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” as a ballad to fan favorite “Lost.” “The island it was mythical, but in the end they died/ I didn’t understand it, but I tried,” he concluded the song.
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