Mister Rogers' widow to visit Jimmy Fallon to discuss new documentary
At age 90, Joanne Rogers is stepping into the limelight to promote the new documentary about her late husband Fred Rogers.
Rogers will appear tonight on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" to talk about "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" The documentary about the children's television pioneer known to generations of children (and adults) as Mister Rogers is now playing in select theaters, 15 years after his death.
She also sat down with Megyn Kelly of NBC's "Today," for a segment originally scheduled to air today, but now reportedly switched to tomorrow to accommodate a lengthier conversation.
Rogers will share Fallon's guest couch with actor Jeremy Renner and celebrity dancer Derek Hough. Fallon's musical guests will be French indie musician Christine and the Queens, featuring Dam-Funk.
Maybe Christine will sing "It's Such a Good Feeling" to make Rogers feel at home.
BRB, moving to Pittsburgh so Joanne Rogers can adopt me. If you ever need your spirit lifted, just talk to a gracious, reflective 90-year-old. pic.twitter.com/MY8IXspW0J— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) June 5, 2018
You had me at Joanne Rogers, aka Fred Rogers' wife, for those of you who may not have heard of her.— Travis Kemp (@kemp_travis) June 12, 2018
Or Fallon could do one of his signature musical renditions of a Mister Rogers song, complete with cardigan and sneakers.
In 2012, he spoofed presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comments on wanting to cut funding to PBS, where "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" aired for many years.
Joanne Rogers should feel right at home on the national television stage. She was trained as a classical pianist and performed in a duo-piano team with college classmate Jeannine Morrison until 2008.
She also wrote the introduction for "Life's Journeys According to Mister Rogers: Things to Remember Along the Way," a collection of Fred Rogers' stories, observations and insights.
Thank you, Mister Rogers, for bringing joy, hope and love to our world. Watch the new trailer for Won't You Be My Neighbor? - in select theaters June 8th. #MrRogersMovie Get a calendar reminder when the film opens in your city: https://t.co/tTFAakUqSV pic.twitter.com/h0zuzAbagq— Won't You Be My Neighbor? (@MrRogersMovie) May 24, 2018
The Tonight Show airs at 11:35 p.m. on NBC.
Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @shirley_trib.