Jimmy Fallon Talks About How He Wept While Proposing to Wife Nancy Juvonen

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Like many people, Jimmy Fallon’s proposal to Nancy Juvonen hardly went as planned. During a new interview with People this week, the Tonight Show host looked back at that special day and how he ended up weeping instead due to an overwhelming amount of feelings.

“I wanted it to be romantic and perfect,” he said. In fact, Fallon was so intent on the moment that he turned down the opportunity to propose at one of New York City’s finest dining establishments.

“I didn’t want to propose in Per Se because what if one year, it moves locations?” Fallon said. “And years later, I’m going to have kids and go, ‘Your mom and I got [engaged here]. I know it’s a laser tag place, but at one point it was a very fancy restaurant.’”

Thankfully, he didn’t. Fallon said the multi-course meal was paired with wine. “I was bombed out of my mind,” he joked. “So I waited another three months.” Instead, he waited for an intimate weekend together at her family’s summer home in New Hampshire.

“I went out to the dock and said, ‘Don’t cry. Let her cry first,’” Fallon recalled. “I’m a pretty mushy guy… and I just wanted it to be perfect. I got down on one knee and I immediately [started weeping]. She’s like, ‘Are you having a stroke?’”

The couple first met on the set of Fever Pitch, which she helped produce in 2004. They married on December 22, 2007, recently marking their 10-year anniversary with sweet posts. “Honey, remember when the wedding photographer made us pose for a romantic sunset kiss?” he recalled. “That was 10 years ago! Happy Anniversary!”

They are now parents to two girls, Winnie and Frances, ages 5 and 3.

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.