American pop culture consumers are used to seeing Jimmy Fallon in a particular way: Behind the tonight show desk, wearing a suit, and generally well groomed. Hears sport some facial hair here and there, but for the most part, he is always clean shaven. However, on Sunday (Aug 28), Fallon was at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards looking decidedly different than usual and viewers were somehow feeling about it.
the tonight show The host was on hand at the VMAs to present Harry Styles with the award for Album of the Year for Harry’s house, looking not as buttoned up as usual. Rather, he sported a loose white shirt and a scruffy beard. That stirred up some feelings and Fallon noticed. Taking to Instagram yesterday (Aug 29), Fallon shared a photo of himself from the show and a screenshot of a Cosmopolitan article titled “Jimmy Fallon’s presence at the 2022 VMAs is causing thirst and confusion on Twitter,” with the caption, “Maybe it’s the beard?” Fallon captioned the post: “Out here causing ‘thirst’ and ‘confusion’. That was fun, @mtv!! #vmas #maybe it’s the beard.”
Cosmopolitan got her framing right, as a glance at Twitter reveals that VMA viewers were shocked at the effect Fallon’s gaze was having on them. See some reactions, including comparisons to styles, below.
All these people talking about how good Jimmy Fallon was at the VMAs HAVEN’T YOU SEEN TAXI (2004)?!?
— Kristie (@Jesuschristvev0) August 30, 2022
pause jimmy fallon looking delicious at the vma rn
— ♉︎ (@pceluvredbull) August 29, 2022
JIMMY FALLON IS FINE!!! END OF DISCUSSION
— others (@SYLVlA) August 29, 2022
thought jimmy fallon was harry styles
— MILLIE UPDATES🔔❤️ (@milliebrupdates) August 29, 2022
why jimmy fallon looks like harry styles kjhasfjhsla
— Ki’ichkelem (@Rogue_Of_Mind) August 29, 2022