Last night, Mario Batali appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to promote two projects of his -- a new cookbook, Molto Mario, and the universally-beloved food talk show The Chew. The appearance had all the makings of a bromantic dinner. The increasingly food-mad Fallon seemed thrilled to have Batali on his show. He checked in on the chef's progress at the stove several times throughout the show:
Once the feast is ready, Batali serves it family-style to Fallon, Late Night regular Steve Higgins and another of the night's guests, Tracy Morgan, of 30 Rock. At first, everything seems to be going well; the food looks delicious, and Batali gets good reactions when he explains his belief in the importance of family dinners. There are a couple minor snags when Morgan makes strange, inaudible remarks and when the audience laughs at Batali's suggestion that such a copious meal should be a regular event. But Fallon deftly steers the conversation to The Chew, and all seems to be OK.
Midway through the meal, though, things start to go awry. Thanks to Tracy Morgan, what started as a scrumptious, bromantic dinner becomes a circus. The craziness culminates in Morgan's announcement that his father is Newt Gingrich. It would be too difficult to try and explain how he gets there -- so watch the clip below to find out yourself.