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Mike DiCenzo – a writer and producer at “The Tonight Show” – revealed on Twitter that Taylor wasn't originally scheduled to perform, but wanted to support a grieving Jimmy.
“A quick word about Taylor Swift. She was not scheduled to do our show today. But we wanted something special for this first show back, so we asked her on a complete whim, since she had been in town doing SNL,” he tweeted. “She said yes with zero hesitation.”
“I could see Jimmy silhouetted at his desk dabbing his eyes with a tissue. We all lost it. It was a beautiful coincidence in a beautiful performance,” he added.
Watch Taylor's touching performance of “New Year's Day” below.