Jimmy Fallon paid a tearful tribute to Tina Fey on 'The Tonight Show' on Thursday (19.04.18).

The 43-year-old talk show how - who has daughters Winnie, four, and Frances, two, with wife Nancy - was accompanied by his former 'Saturday Night Live' castmate for one of his regular segments, where he introduces guests to their idols, with the pair heading off to surprise excited fans at a performance of 'Mean Girls: The Musical'.

But when they returned to the studio, Jimmy got emotional as he praised his 47--year-old friend for changing him ''for the better''.

As he teared up, he quipped: ''I'll just take a breath. I'm on hormone pills.''

He then said: ''If you're lucky throughout your life, you get to meet and spend time with a few people who really change you for the better. For me, you're one of those people.''

''I met you when I was 23, I believe you were 45. And I was lucky enough to work with you and grow with you and learn from you. A lot of people in this world have dreams or goals or ideas, but not everybody goes out and fights to make them happen but you're someone who did. You didn't get served this, you didn't get given this as a gift.

''I know firsthand, you worked so hard and found a voice and found your way, and you made your own dreams come true, and most importantly you made other people feel like they can do the same thing.''

The presenter then admitted he hopes his daughters grow up to be just like his friend.

He said: ''Today, I have two daughters and my hope for them is that they grow up to be leaders like you, and that they'll be as fearless and confident in their strengths as you are.

''I love you.''