Consumers of American pop culture are used to see Jimmy Fallon in a particular way: Behind the Tonight Show desk, wearing a suit, and overall well put together. He sports some facial hair here and there, but for the most part, he’s consistently clean-shaven. On Sunday (August 28), though, Fallon was at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards looking decidedly different than he usually does and onlookers felt some sort of way about it.
The Tonight Show host was on hand at the VMAs to present Harry Styles the Album Of The Year award for Harry’s House, looking not as buttoned-up as always. Rather, he sported a loose white shirt and a scruffy beard. That aroused some feelings and Fallon took notice. On Instagram yesterday (August 29), Fallon shared a photo of himself from the show and screenshot of a Cosmopolitan article titled “Jimmy Fallon’s Presence At The 2022 VMAs Is Causing Thirst And Confusion On Twitter,” with the subhed, “Maybe it’s the beard?.” Fallon captioned the post, “Out here causing ‘thirst’ and ‘confusion’. That was fun, @mtv!! #vmas #maybeitsthebeard.”
Cosmopolitan had it right with their framing, as a look at Twitter reveals VMAs viewers who were surprised at the effect Fallon’s look was having on them. Check out some reactions, including comparisons to Styles, below.
All these people talking about how hot Jimmy Fallon was at the VMAs HAVE YALL NOT SEEN TAXI (2004)?!?
— kristie (@Jesuschristvev0) August 30, 2022
pause jimmy fallon looking yummy at the vma’s rn
— ♉︎ (@pceluvredbull) August 29, 2022
JIMMY FALLON IS FINE !!! END OF DISCUSSION
— alia (@SYLVlA) August 29, 2022
thought jimmy fallon was harry styles
— MILLIE UPDATES🔔❤️ (@milliebrupdates) August 29, 2022
why does jimmy fallon look like harry styles kjhasfjhsla
— Ki’ichkelem (@Rogue_Of_Mind) August 29, 2022