After #JimmyFallonIsDead trended Tuesday on Twitter, the late-night host asked Twitter owner Elon Musk directly if he could “fix it.” Musk’s brief response on Wednesday morning: “Fix what?”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 16, 2022
While several people took the hashtag at face value and thought Fallon was really dead, it quickly became a meme with photos of people who were definitely not the former “SNL” star, including fellow late-night hosts Jimmy Kimmel and James Corden.
Gone but not forgotten. Rest easy king
— Eclipse Shade
(@EclipseShade69) November 16, 2022
Some nefarious internet trolls have been using a picture of James Corden when tweeting about Jimmy Fallon's recent passing, so I will use the correct picture.
R.I.P. Jimmy Fallon pic.twitter.com/mfOZemgiPF
— Adrino (@Adrino23589412) November 16, 2022
Some speculated whether the misleading meme violated Twitter’s new policies, or if they fell under the category of Musk-sanctioned “parody.”
I mean saying Jimmy Fallon is dead is just a joke “parody” so it’s not a violation technically.
— CJ (@CJ61617538) November 16, 2022
"MOM, DAD, JIMMY FALLON IS DEAD" pic.twitter.com/NX7uBGlqu9
— Jhastly (@JhastlyJibus) November 16, 2022
Another variation on a “Simpsons” episode featured Lisa Simpson wheeling Bart into their parents’ room with the fake announcement, “Mom, Dad, Jimmy Fallon is dead!”