Two weeks after welcoming his and wife Nancy’s baby daughter Winnie Rose, late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon opened up about having their new child born via a surrogate after struggling with fertility problems.
Jimmy Fallon revealed to the “Today” show that he and wife Nancy Jugoven welcomed their first child Winnie Rose with the help of a surrogate, reports the NY Daily News.
Winnie, Jimmy and Nancy’s first child, was born in the early morning hours of July 23 and came in at 5 lbs, 9 oz, according to ABC.
Jimmy Fallon, 38, and Nancy Juvonen, 46, were trying to have a baby for a while. “It wasn’t really a secret, but my wife and I had been trying for awhile to have a baby. We’ve tried a bunch of different things, so we had a surrogate,” the “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” host says in a new interview with “Today.”
However, Fallon and Juvonen, who were married in 2007,decided to keep their method of expanding the family private until little Winnie was born.
“We said, ‘We’re not going to tell anybody,'” Fallon explained. “It’d be just more fun if it’s just private between me and my wife. And then we get to introduce her to everybody.”
“This time we just said, we’re not telling anybody, it would just be more fun if it’s just private between me and my wife and then we get to introduce her to everybody,” he said.
“When it happened we were in shock. We’re like, ‘Alright, who do we tell? Who’s going to be mad at us if this gets out?’ We had to call everybody and it’s so emotional.”
Fallon is clearly thrilled with his new role as a father, although fatherhood has brought a lot of joys to Fallon’s life. After Winnie’s birth, he told his TV audience that he was “so happy”.
“I hope I don’t screw this up, I’m just so happy,” he joked on Late Night.
During an opening monologue on “Late Night” the day after Winnie was born, he joked about his recently acquired responsibilities.
“It’s been a crazy couple days, well actually, just one day . . . It’s very taxing on the fathers. I don’t know how it is for the mothers, but very taxing,” he joked. “I’m emotionally drained. I’m a father of a beautiful baby girl. She’s so cute.”
Fallon and wife Nancy join the growing number of couples, both celebrity and non-celebrity, who are turning to surrogacy to build their families, including Elton John & David Furnish and Giuliana Rancic & husband Bill Rancic.
Taking care of the newborn is now the biggest task on Jimmy’s already impressive to-do list. Though he’s currently hosting and writing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, he’s gearing up to replace Jay Leno on The Tonight Show in 2014, a move up that comes with even more scrutiny and pressure, writes the Daily Mail.
He might also be pondering a way back into scripted TV after his show, Guys With Kids, was canceled earlier this year after just one season.