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Jimmy Fallon spoofs 'Empire' on 'The Tonight Show' with 'Jimpire'

Jimmy Fallon spoofs 'Empire' on 'The Tonight Show' with 'Jimpire'
Jimmy Fallon stars in "Jimpire," a parody of the Fox hit with Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard (Meredith Blake)

It's been six long and agonizing months since "Empire" ended its first season on Fox. The outrageous hip-hop soap opera returns Wednesday night, and to mark the occasion Tuesday night, "The Tonight Show" introduced a parody called -- what else? -- "Jimpire."

In the grand tradition of "Game of Desks" and "Downton Sixbey," it was a pitch-perfect spoof reimagining "Empire's" premise within the world of "The Tonight Show." With a badly damaged finger and newly heightened awareness of his mortality, Fallon decides he must "entrust his legacy" at "Tonight" to one of three heirs: his bandleader Questlove, his MC Tariq or his business manager, Andre.

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Naturally, Fallon's quest for a new heir leads to some dramatic confrontations, the revelation of long-buried secrets and a few celebrity cameos. Watch above and prepare to marvel at Fallon's disturbingly accurate impression of Terrence Howard's wobbly voice -- and the skills of "The Tonight Show's" costume, hair and makeup departments.

If nothing else, it will help you through a few more hours of "Empire" withdrawal.

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