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Rahm Goes on 'Tonight Show,' Asks Fallon to Bring Show to Chicago

By DNAinfo Staff on June 3, 2014 6:58pm  | Updated on June 3, 2014 11:49pm

 Mayor Rahm Emanuel appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Tuesday as a part of a deal with its host who agreed to take part in the Polar Plunge in March.
Rahm on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"
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CHICAGO — Rahm finally made it on Fallon.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel made his first appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," following through on a deal to appear on the show with the late-night star after Fallon participated in the city's Polar Plunge in March.

The mayor was invited to the stage Tuesday night as a verse from rap song "Ugly" by Chief Keef and Soulja Boy played in the background.

Afterward, the two shared their plunge stories — and Emanuel ribbed the talk show host.

"It was cold that day," Fallon said. Responded Rahm: "Your insights are unbelievable."

Fallon went on to describe what it was like plunging into the 32-degree water.

"I went under the water and I saw bubbles come out of my mouth and I froze," Fallon told the mayor on Tuesday's episode. "And I didn't really feel anything. I go, 'I might be dead.'"

"See, that's the difference between us," the mayor responded. "I kinda, like, I kicked in man. As soon as I went in, I said, 'I'm in. I'm out. I did my job.'"

The two then traded stories about emerging from the water.

"I went in and I came out and I heard bagpipes," Fallon said. "I looked around for bagpipers because when you are Irish, that's what you hear when you die."

"You know what the difference is?" the city's first Jewish mayor said back. "I heard Hava Nagila."

Rahm'sappearance on "Late Night" and Fallon's chilly trip to Chicago came after Fallon told the Sun-Times that Chicago's mayor had an open invitation to appear on the show.

Fallon also admitted being a little intimidated by the mayor.

“All he has to do is make a phone call,” Fallon said. “He can host if he wants to. I’m scared of that guy.”

In a tweet sent after the show, the mayor accepted the invite with a caveat: he said he'd appear on the show on the condition that Fallon jump into Lake Michigan.

After a few back-and-forth taunts on Twitter, the mayor convinced the late-night star to participate in the annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Chicago.

Emanuel had already agreed to take part in the Polar Plunge after promising schoolchildren he would do so if they read 2 million books in summer 2013 as a part of a Chicago Public Library program. They read 2.1 million books.

On Tuesday, Emanuel challenged Fallon to host the show in Chicago next year if children read 2.5 million books this summer. The mayor said the show hadn't been filmed in Chicago since 1998. Fallon agreed and shook Rahm's hand.