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Jimmy Fallon and Lionel Richie’s Head Team Up For Cheesy ‘Hello’ Duet On The Tonight Show


On Friday night’s episode of The Tonight Show, beloved television host and former SNL comedian Jimmy Fallon had legendary singer Lionel Richie join him to film a hilarious segment spoofing Richie’s iconic 1984 hit single, “Hello,” as well as its cheesy corresponding music video.

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During the sketch, Fallon appears in an (at first) unsuspecting art studio, looking a bit like Bob Ross while wearing a God-awful auburn afro wig (and more pastel clothing than a late-80s valley girl) as he paints a rather somber and dramatic portrait of the singer. As the nostalgic piano keys kick in to reveal the melody of the classic track, Fallon begins to sing a sorrowful rendition of “Hello”—and as the camera pans, it is revealed that a bust of Lionel Richie’s head (his actual head, nonetheless) is perched on a table in the studio. Here, the duo begin their strange duet, Richie barely keeping it together as Fallon looms behind him, singing dramatically and longingly at his head.

In a funny twist ending, it turns out that Lionel’s head is the infamous clay bust from the track’s original music video all along, a loving and playful nod to the 1984 video which saw a beautiful blind student of Richie’s character, a drama professor, mold a hilariously inaccurate bust of Richie, a silly prop that has been mocked in the decades since its airing. Check out the original video, below:

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Well, leave it to Jimmy to craft yet another superb and giggle-inducing pop-culture viral moment.

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