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disturbance we had today. when you see that you know it is live every single second. most of the radars two to three minutes behind. let's get a look. this is going to hit us tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow evening from 2:00 to 11:00 p.m. really kind of ramping up from about 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. tomorrow. you have a flash flood watch. three quarters of an inch is the average range. higher elevations could be 3 plus inches. another system on thursday. another chance on sunday and more dry weather next week. >> beautiful dr. king day. >> be safe tomorrow. tariq: hey, jimmy, a quick question. what do you know about puerto rico? >> jimmy: puerto rico?
not much. i mean, i know it's an unincorporated territory of the united states, about 1,000 miles southeast of miami. and i know it's known locally as borinquen, from the indigenous taino name borinken, meaning land of the valiant lord. oh, and it was colonized by spain in 1493 after the arrival of columbus, and remained in spanish possession for the next four centuries. and the u.s. acquired it in 1898 after the spanish-american war under the terms of the treaty of paris. and it's political status has been a matter of public debate ever since. >> tariq: okay but -- >> jimmy: oh, and its chief exports include rum, and electronics, and pharmaceuticals, and chemicals, and medical equipment. i can't believe i forgot medical equipment, and of course canned tuna. other than that, i don't know much about puerto rico. why? >> tariq: "hamilton" is playing in puerto rico and we got tickets. want to come? >> jimmy: wepa! ♪
>> steve: from the beautiful island of puerto rico, it's "the tonight show" starting jimmy fallon. tonight, join jimmy and his guests -- lin-manuel miranda, the cast of "hamilton," bad bunny, chef jose andres, and music from jose feliciano and ozuna. and now, here's your host, jimmy fallon. ♪ >> jimmy: hola, everyone. we're here. we are so excited to be doing "the tonight show" from the beautiful island of puerto rico. even just walking around, you can feel the energy and the spirit of this place. the history, the food, the music, the people, puerto rico is thriving, and it's open for business. and what better than to show it than lin-manuel miranda taking his whole team on the road and bringing "hamilton" to puerto rico for the very first time. they're supporting the arts. they're raising money for the island, and they're celebrating all the amazing things puerto rico has to offer. and when we heard that lin was doing that, we were like, "we're coming down too, and we're ready to party."
they tell you ♪ ♪ raise a glass to the four of us tomorrow there will be more of us ♪ ♪ telling the story of tonight they'll tell the story of tonight ♪ ♪ raise your glass to freedom something they can never take away ♪ ♪ no matter what they tell you let's have another round tonight ♪ ♪ raise a glass to the four of us tomorrow there will be more of us ♪ ♪ we've got a killer show tonight let's have another round tonight ♪ ♪ in puerto rico for tonight raise a glass to freedom they'll tell the story of tonight ♪ ♪ raise a glass to freedom they'll tell the story of tonight ♪ ♪ they'll tell the story of tonight show ♪
♪ ♪ [ speaking foreign language ] >> jimmy: that was the best. i love puerto rico. guys, i'm having way too much fun to go home. we gotta keep this party going. >> tariq: yeah, where you wanna go? >> jimmy: everywhere you go, puerto rico's got great music, great energy. but i think i know a great place to start. >> tariq: the streets of old san juan? >> jimmy: definitely. >> tariq: all right. >> jimmy: let's go. >> tariq: wait, you're gonna change, right? >> jimmy: yeah, sure. yeah, of course. >> tariq: yeah, okay. ♪ >> jimmy: old san juan. i feel at home here, man. >> tariq: is that where you're wearing those glasses? >> jimmy: yeah, everyone wears these glasses. >> tariq: nobody wears those glasses. >> jimmy: he's wearing those glasses.
oh yeah. >> tariq: oh, man. >> jimmy: yo, bad bunny. bad bunny, how are you doing, buddy? >> jimmy: hey, come on. >> what are you doing here in puerto rico? >> jimmy: i'm here to party, man. [ speaking foreign language ] [ singing in foreign language ] ♪ [ singing in foreign language ] ♪ [ singing in foreign language ] ♪ [ singing in foreign language ]
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of course, the stage. that's where he is. hey, buddy! >> hey, how are you? >> jimmy: nice to see you, pal. >> good to see you. oh. >> jimmy: do i go this -- >> yeah, no, i'll just -- >> jimmy: how do i -- how do i -- how do i -- >> yeah, let me -- >> jimmy: good to see you, buddy. >> i'll get to yours. >> jimmy: okay, i understand. >> wait, no, that doesn't help. >> jimmy: good to see you -- all right, just everyone just stand -- >> yeah, you stay there. >> jimmy: stand still. >> i'll come to you. >> jimmy: good to see you, man. how are you, man? >> good. good to see -- >> jimmy: we're going to do the whole interview like -- >> oh, no, no. oh, my gosh. don't straddle it. don't straddle it. that's a rookie mistake. >> jimmy: death hold. ♪ look around look around at how lucky we are ♪ >> jimmy: this how the show is going to go. let's get to the desk. let's get to the desk. >> to the desk. to the desk. >> jimmy: is this the desk? >> this is the desk. >> jimmy: this is your desk. >> yes, this is actually my desk. we should switch. >> jimmy: is this weird? >> it's weird to not be at my desk. >> jimmy: okay, interesting. >> this is my house. >> jimmy: okay, perfect. yes, this feels -- >> yes! >> jimmy: makes more sense now. hi. >> thanks for coming to puerto rico, jimmy. >> jimmy: thank you for coming to puerto rico. it's because of you i'm here.
are you excited to get back in the role? i mean, you get in the wig, the costumes, the boots, the -- >> yeah. >> jimmy: the tights, the -- >> all of it. >> jimmy: every single thing. >> yeah, it's really thrilling. it's like -- people are like -- is it like riding a bike? i was like it's just like riding a bike in traffic in new york. >> jimmy: exactly. >> like, i know the way. >> jimmy: yeah. >> there might be cab doors that open along the way, in my mind. >> jimmy: but you know every different version of this play. >> i do. i know all the versions. and so it's -- but this cast is also really incredible. it's a mix of all stars from all the productions and incredible new talent. so it's -- it's -- it's really incredible. like my burr -- like, donald webber, he's played hamilton on broadway and burr on broadway. he's one of the three people on earth who can do that. >> jimmy: i mean -- >> so they're all great. >> jimmy: people have said it. but this is, i think, one of the greatest plays ever made. there's so many levels of different things that are happening in this play. for it to come to puerto rico, it's kind of poetic justice of what's happening -- >> yeah.
>> jimmy: in your writing. >> well, what's really weird is that different things come out. different things come to the forefront depending on the audience and the situation. we had the dress rehearsal last night. and there's a song in this show called "hurricane." and i could barely get through it last night. because it is about that -- you know, what i remember from hurricane maria so vividly was the quiet. it was, like, literally not being able to hear from the island in that sort of immediate aftermath. and the opening line of that song is, "in the eye of the hurricane there's quiet." and so it sort of brought all that back and -- >> jimmy: do you remember writing it? >> yeah, and never in a million years imagining it would resonate in this particular way. >> jimmy: were there relatives here that you couldn't get a a hold of when -- during the hurricane? >> yeah, yeah. i was -- you know, those first few days after the hurricane, we couldn't hear from -- we didn't hear from anyone. the entire island's power and cell towers were knocked out. my uncle, my father's brother, elvin, we found out he was
okay. because someone posted a a picture of him on a supply line on facebook. and that's how we knew. and someone was like, "your uncle." but it was -- it was -- for us, it was five days of silence. for many people it was days and weeks. >> jimmy: wow. >> that's what it was like us out, sort of, in the diaspora. >> jimmy: i can't even imagine. >> yeah, yeah. >> jimmy: i can't even that. >> yeah, it was really scary. and it was five months before my family, like, my uncle and my aunt had power in their, sort of, mountain town in vega alta. five months of generators and going to get gas for the generators. and i -- i -- there's not a a more resilient people than the puerto rican people. and the aftermath of hurricane maria sort of proves that. >> jimmy: i know it's got be beyond emotional. how are you going to hold it together? >> i don't know. >> jimmy: you've got to get ready for a 25-minute standing ovation. >> i have to -- i have to sort of -- >> jimmy: i'm crying just thinking about it. >> no, no. i have to sort of harness that energy. and really we're here. because when i brought my first show here in the heights, it was so emotional to bring -- to bring this show -- my first
show that was really about the people who left their islands and came to the mainland and their kids, and what does home mean for the kids of those people who made that journey. >> jimmy: yeah. >> and then to bring it back here was so emotional. and this is also a story like that. this is someone who left the caribbean to go to new york. and so to then, you know, bring it back here, bring it back to the caribbean, it's these weird full-circle moments. >> jimmy: all of the stuff you're doing, i think the first thing you did was made an all-star, like, "we are the world" song. >> yeah, yeah, well, i was -- i was on vacation when it hit. and i -- so i had sort of time on my hands. and i had this terrible silence. and i fill silence with music. that's what i know how to do. and so i started writing a a song. and i just thought, "well, what can we all -- what can we all get behind?" what is the lyric? and so the lyric is literally the names of all of the 78 towns in puerto rico and sort of putting that together. and then i just called all the latino all-stars.
i called the people i did know. i literally tweeted at the people i didn't know. it was really extraordinary. everyone wanted to help. and everyone -- everyone didn't -- everyone wanted to do something and so -- >> jimmy: yeah. >> you know, from camila cabello, to fat joe, to marc anthony, to stephen sondheim, who i had to call to get permission to sample "west side story." >> jimmy: no way. >> for "almost like praying." >> jimmy: that's right. >> so i called him and the bernstein estate. the leonard bernstein estate to get permission to use that for free. so all the money could really go to relief efforts. >> jimmy: and you were working with them but also working with american express. >> yeah, so i've been working with american express really on their small business saturday, which we do always the saturday after thanksgiving and really promoting local businesses in my neighborhood, washington heights. and we've just extended that to puerto rico. 'cause it's really important that when you come to puerto rico, you know, we're trying to promote tourism, and people coming and visiting our island, not just sort of going to the hotels. you'll stay in wonderful hotels. but then also finding that local business that means something to you and supporting them while their here.
because they make puerto rico great. >> jimmy: and then tell me about flamboyan arts fund. >> yeah, so as you know, it sort of became a full-time job for me, just the relief efforts in the immediate aftermath of maria. and then we thought -- because we knew this was sort of a year and a half down the pike. well, what can we do with the production of "hamilton" we're bringing to the island? and we really wanted to focus on artists. this is a show. this has changed lives of so many artists who have worked on this show. and we thought let's raise money for artists on the island. because they're never remembered in recovery efforts, in rebuilding efforts. and they're going to be the ones who tell the story of this hurricane. they're the ones who were here. they're the ones who lived inside that silence. and so we're trying to raise $15 million throughout the run of this show. and we'll be sort of creating these multi-year grants for artists. it's museums. it's individual artists. it's theater groups. it's film groups. it's artists on the island that are going to benefit. >> jimmy: and how has it been here? >> amazing. i mean just really amazing.
people are so proud. people are so happy that, you know, this show is coming. and that, you know, i just keeping hearing it. like, "thank you for everything you're doing." and also it's just -- it's so -- it's just so wonderful. it's also been my first time bringing my kids to the island. so they're like getting their real puerto rico life. >> jimmy: have they seen the play yet? >> so sebastian saw me in the show for the first time. he had seen act one. i took him for his 3rd birthday to see act one last year. and now he's four. and he saw both acts. and i prepped him. i was like, "everything daddy does on that stage is pretend. kissing that lady, being shot by that guy." >> jimmy: don't get -- yeah. >> that's all -- >> jimmy: that's therapy, yeah. >> that's all pretend. >> jimmy: that's future therapy. >> we sort of talked through it. but he was really proud. i mean, he still sings the weird al version of "the schuyler sisters." he goes, "aunt peggy --" >> jimmy: do you know you put the first polka song ever to be on the billboard 200? >> that's crazy.
>> jimmy: with weird al. >> which was really the goal the whole time. >> jimmy: of course it was. [ talking over each other ] >> we're getting a polka on the billboard 200. >> jimmy: but you also had the president -- president obama charted in the r&b charts because of you. >> well, i -- you get a little credit for that. because i think he got a taste of it with "slow jam the news." i think he was like, "i could do this." >> jimmy: "i could do this." yeah. >> "i could do this." and you know how he's a little competitive. >> jimmy: yeah. >> so when i pitched him, i pitched him in august of this year. and i asked for a meeting. and i sat with him. and i said, "so we do these things called the hamildrop." and before i'd finish the sentence, he goes, "do you want me to sing? i'll sing." >> jimmy: that's the new -- that's the new obama. the old obama we did it. because we did "slow jam" twice. >> yeah. >> jimmy: but the first time he came on was "late night." he was a brand new president. and he came on. he was very, obviously presidential, but very kind of like, "yep, nope, yep." [ laughter ] and i go -- at the end, i went -- you go, "oh, yeah." and he goes, "nope." [ laughter ] well, i would love it if you went, like, "oh, yeah." he goes, "no, i'll just say, 'oh, yeah. oh, yeah.'" so i go, "okay." second time we had him back was
after eight years. i had wrote this thing in the script -- i go -- i wrote him a a rhianna thing. and i go, "in this part want you to go, 'work, work, work, work, work.'" like rihanna said, "work, work, work, work, work." and he goes, "why do i have to say that? can't i be like -- ♪ work work work work" >> woah! >> jimmy: i go, "slow it down." so then i go, "no." so the roles switched. >> amazing. he's like, "let me sing it." >> jimmy: no. >> yeah. >> jimmy: this is not a good -- >> no, no, i told him, i said -- >> jimmy: don't want to ruin it now. >> i said, "sir, we'll need an hour of your time." he goes, "i won't need an hour." >> jimmy: no, exactly. [ talking over each other ] "where's the mike? turn me up --" >> "one take obama. that's what they used to call me." >> jimmy: "turn me up in the headphones. let's go." >> that's an exact quote. he quoted "the west wing" not me. >> jimmy: did he really? >> "one take obama. that's what they used to call me." >> jimmy: my gosh. i have to tell you, when came on the show to tell us that you were doing this and bringing "hamilton" to puerto rico, i was like, "i don't know if anyone understands what a big job that is." >> it is a big job. >> jimmy: how impossible. it's nearly impossible. >> yeah. >> jimmy: to get everyone. because you have this wardrobe, lighting, makeup.
and everyone is here with their families. >> well, we have incredible producers here at "hamilton." and we also -- you know, the secret weapon of this is luis miranda, my dad, who has been -- >> jimmy: i love your dad. >> who has aged five years this year in making this happen. >> jimmy: he still looks great though. >> and has been just working tirelessly -- >> jimmy: how did you pull this off? >> i mean, it's just hours and hours of hard work. i mean really from everybody down the line. and it's just been sort of extraordinary. >> jimmy: well, when you came on and talked about that, i was inspired. and we were inspired, "the tonight show." i said, "if they can do multiple shows, we can do one show. even if we have no budget or i'm just using just an iphone to record." >> you have no idea how much it means to people that you're here, ever since you announced it, the fact that you are here, you know. for a glorious -- for a a glorious few weeks, it went from, "how do i get 'hamilton' tickets," to "how do i get 'jimmy fallon' tickets in puerto rico?" [ laughter ] you mean so much to people here. and it really means the word that you came down and shone a a spotlight on the island. >> jimmy: it's because of you,
buddy. >> yeah. >> jimmy: it takes one spark. thank you, buddy. >> thank you. >> jimmy: i love you. break a leg tonight. >> thanks. >> jimmy: i'm going to go zip line, i think. >> yes. >> jimmy: all right. >> go to orocovis, it's gorgeous. >> jimmy: i'm taking questlove. i'm taking questlove. >> oh, my gosh. that i cannot wait to see. ♪ ♪ ♪ i'm all for my neighborhood. i'm all for my theatre, my barbershop and my friends. i'm all for backing the community that's made me who i am. because the community doesn't just have small businesses, it is small businesses, and when they thrive, we all do. i got croissant. so, let's all shop small. proudly backed by american express. pain from chest congestion can make this... when you have a cold, ...feel like this. all-in-one cold symptom relief from tylenol®, the #1 doctor recommended pain relief brand.
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♪ >> jimmy: hey, guys. it's jimmy. i'm here in beautiful puerto rico at toro verde. and i'm about to ride the monster. it's one of the longest zip lines in the world. now tariq, you've done zip lines before. where have you zip lined before? >> tariq: fiji, hawaii, new jersey. >> jimmy: jersey? >> tariq: yeah. >> jimmy: quest, we asked you, would you like to ride the zip line? and you responded with -- >> questlove: ah, no. >> jimmy: guys, i am actually scared of heights. i don't know how i'm going to do this. i'm just gonna close my eyes and go for it. are you ready to do this, tariq? >> tariq: i guess, yeah. let's do it.
♪ >> jimmy: that's the zip line there. you're our guys? >> yeah, we're the guys. >> jimmy: hey, jimmy. >> jimmy? nice to meet you. >> jimmy: nice to meet you, too. jimmy. >> first we need to do the monster buddy. we're gonna do the second longest in the world. first one in the americas. >> tariq: okay. >> we're talking about 2.3 kilometers to go down. 400 meters up. have fun with it. >> tariq: we're gonna have fun with it. >> jimmy: have fun with it. >> let's go. >> come on. >> jimmy: wait, can i just -- i conquered the monst -- can i just take a photo here now -- >> tariq: nah, nah, nah, you cheatin'. >> jimmy: and act like i did it. >> that's cheating. that's cheating. >> jimmy: that should be at the bottom. >> that's cheating. come on. >> i just want to make sure you're gonna do it. >> tariq: who's been doing -- who's been working here the longest? >> you want that answer? extra tight. >> jimmy: yeah, i gotta. i mean dude, i got things i gotta worry about in there. my phone and my wallet, what were you thinking i was talking about? a backpack? >> yeah. >> jimmy: why would i be wearing a backpack? >> there's a parachute there. something happens, we need to make sure -- >> jimmy: no, dude absolutely not.
what is going on? >> come on. come on. >> your hair is going to get messed up. >> jimmy: fun. this feels like fun. this is what people do to have fun, i guess. >> you good? >> jimmy: it's the silliest -- yeah, no it feels good. >> feels good? >> jimmy: my double chin is -- it's altering my voice. but, yeah i guess it's a little tight. but i guess i'll just talk like this for the rest of -- i sound like shaggy. ♪ it wasn't me ♪ it wasn't me >> tariq: say "harry potter." >> jimmy: harry -- harry potter. >> old san juan is down there. that's the whole north coast, completely. >> jimmy: wow, it is -- >> really high up. >> jimmy: just beautiful. >> tariq: beautiful, man. >> jimmy: yeah, i'm good here. i mean i can take this and go home and be psyched. ♪ >> i'll try it later for you. stand up right here. oh, you're shaking, buddy. >> jimmy: you hear that shaking? >> tariq: this bridge is so safe. why would they need that? ♪ >> jimmy: oh, my gosh. oh, my gosh! stop shaking the bridge! tariq, it's not funny, dude.
>> questlove: this could potentially mean "the tonight show with questlove." ♪ >> tariq: are you ready to fly? and in this series finale of "the tonight show starring jimmy fallon" -- >> you have done zip line before, right? >> jimmy: never. >> oh, my god. the harness will feel weird on your knees. >> tariq: okay. >> that's normal. once you lay down, you're almost ready to go. ♪ >> jimmy: oh, man! >> walk up front. >> jimmy: dude, i don't like this at all. >> you're gonna stand right -- ♪ you're going to stand right here, sir. now, the thing is gonna get real. i need you to start laying down on your stomach like doing pushups. >> okay, let go. >> jimmy: oh my god! watch it!
>> sir, comfortable? >> tariq: am i comfortable? i wouldn't say comfortable. >> jimmy: i'm going to throw up. [ speaking foreign language ] >> all set? have fun. tariq, have fun. >> fun guys. >> jimmy: thank you so much for having me. thank you. >> you're welcome. >> he's counting down. >> in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, go! >> questlove: hey, jimmy. hey, tariq! [ yelling ] >> jimmy: wow! >> tariq: yo! >> jimmy: oh! oh, my gosh! oh, my gosh!
oh, my gosh! >> tariq: my lips are sticking to my teeth. >> jimmy: beautiful! coming in fast, dude. >> tariq: i know. >> jimmy: ha ha! >> tariq: yo, that [ bleep ] was amazing. >> jimmy: oh, my gosh. oh, my gosh. >> tariq: dude, that [ bleep ] dope. >> jimmy: oh, my god. get me home. get me the hell home. oh my god! oh, my god!
oh, my god! oh, my god. >> tariq: oh, man. >> jimmy: that was insane. >> tariq: it was amazing. >> jimmy: get me to a bar or somewhere. i need some -- [ laughter ] >> jimmy: we did it. we conquered the monster. and now it's time for cheers. cheers. >> tariq: salute. man, get out of here. >> jimmy: get out. get out of here! dude, you're drinking alone. cheers, buddy! ♪ i can't believe they are actually doing this.
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♪ >> jimmy: welcome back to "the tonight show" in puerto rico. i'm here with world renowned chef and best-selling author, jose andress. we are in pinones right now at "el rinconcito latino." >> not bad. good spanish. >> jimmy: not bad, right? look at that. >> this is great spanish. i cannot believe it. jose, thank you. chef, thank you for being here. can you please show me some of the coolest stuff you can eat here? >> this is one of the many places you will find in a place like pinones. everybody knows pinones. >> jimmy: everybody knows pinones. >> locals come here. everybody here, they are local. so if you're a tourist, and you want to become a local, you come here. and what do you do? two rum sours, please. ♪ >> jimmy: oh yeah! >> two rum sours. ♪
>> chef, what did you bring? what do we have? >> this is alcapurria. this is the essence of puerto rico. they make with yuca and yautia, which is another root vegetable, and they make this mash. and once they make the mash, they stuff it with different things. this one is with meat. the carne. but yours is different. >> jimmy: of course >> yours is of jueyes. >> jimmy: of jueyes. >> jueves. okay. can you you learn how to pronounce spanish? i mean, look at me, i speak perfect english. you should try to speak perfect spanish. so jue -- >> jimmy: jueyes, here we go. here we go. >> it's crabmeat. it's slightly crispy and crunchy. the smell is sweet, but you cannot eat until i don't finish this explanation. >> jimmy: but -- >> and then you have to smell it. >> jimmy: stop talking about it. let me eat. >> and then you are salivating. >> jimmy: yes, i am ready to eat. >> it's delicious. and now, only now, you can
bring into your mouth this amazing piece of puerto rico. you need to close your eyes before you bite into it. yeah, thank you. >> jimmy: oh, my goodness! >> control yourself. >> jimmy: oh my gosh. >> control yourself. this is tv. people are watching. >> jimmy: yes, calm down. focus. please. what is this is? >> that's the pastelito, the empanadilla. this one looks like octopus. >> jimmy: oh, it's octopus. >> you didn't close your eyes. >> jimmy: i know, i was seeing if you were closing your eyes. come on now. oh! that's the one. that's the one. >> that's the one. that's the one! >> jimmy: that's the one! wow, what is that taste in there? >> every chef in puerto rico has their own little secret secret ingredients from the island, ingredients from all over the world that became one. puerto rico, obviously developed their own cooking. and to me today, the cooking of puerto rico is one of the most interesting cookings not only
in america, but anywhere around the world. >> jimmy: really? whoa. >> oh, our rum sours are ready. como estas? for you. >> jimmy: muchas gracias. this is so good. with the puerto rican breeze coming in, the sun and the heat? >> we should walk in the beach. >> jimmy: let's go. >> look at this. >> jimmy: i mean, c'mon, this is beautiful. >> this is one reason why everybody in america, if they want to support puerto rico, they should come here. look at this. history, great people, great food. >> jimmy: you don't need a a passport. >> you don't need a passport. >> jimmy: it's america, yeah. >> and plenty of small businesses all around the island used to make you feel like you're the most important person on earth. >> jimmy: yeah. >> it doesn't get any better. >> jimmy: the good thing is to support the local businesses, the small businesses.
why is that so important? >> because in the end, small businesses is what keeps the world running, especially in america. i mean, if we had help one small business at the time, i know the economy in puerto rico will come back on its own. these are great hard-working american people. >> jimmy: when i told people i was going to be interviewing you, people were like, chef andres, he's an angel. how does that make you feel? people really appreciate what you're doing? what you're doing for puerto rico and everything you do with world central kitchen. >> i came to the caribbean 28 years ago first came as a a sailor in the spanish navy. but very quickly i came to puerto rico and fell in love more than 25 years ago. when the hurricane maria happened, the first thing i did, was on the first plane, i came. a group of friends, the best chefs in the island, legends. jose enrique, santaella, wilo, amazing chefs. they all came together, we open a kitchen, and we began feeding anybody that requested a plate of food. we went from one kitchen to 26, from 1,000 meals the first day
to 150,000 meals a day. from 20 friends the first day to more than 25,000 volunteers. at the end, we did almost 4 million meals. at the end, the people of puerto rico fed puerto rico. the people of puerto rico have the biggest heart i've ever seen in my entire life. they came together as one people and together, they move forward after the maria hurricane. >> jimmy: what was it like being here two days after -- or as soon as the hurricane hit? >> three days later i arrived. i mean, it was very hard. people here had no water, there was no electricity. doctors were operating with lights on their iphones. the situation was chaotic. and was not just a day or a a week. this went on for weeks and weeks and weeks. >> jimmy: we're book "we fed an island" you talk about everything you've been doing here with your team and everyone with world central kitchen. what were the hurdles? what were the problems that you faced? >> listen, the boo --
obviously i'm very critical of some of the responses of the government. but i want to make clear, the people in the government, the people in fema, for me are the biggest heroes i ever met. they're really good people. what happened? the systems that the government creates don't allow those men and women to be successful. so when somebody says i want a a smaller government, and i want a government that is really there for the people, fine, i support that, too. but in puerto rico, we didn't see it happen. so i wrote the book to make sure we learn something from it, and next time something like this happens, that we didn't expect, it's okay to not be ready. what is never okay is not to adapt to the new situation. what we did is to adapt to the new situation. i hope the book will give a a path to show others that we don't need so many meetings. you just need to come up with more simple solutions that everybody understands, so everybody can join the team and everybody can execute quicker, faster, and better. >> jimmy: i just can't say enough. thank you to you, to -- gracias.
gracias por todo. >> you're getting there. i'm going to send you a check for free spanish classes. >> jimmy: yeah. >> but you know what? can i do something? >> jimmy: yeah. >> let me thank every single man and woman in puerto rico. because they do deserve the applause by being the most amazing people i ever saw after hurricane maria. you, the people of puerto rico, deserve the appreciation of all of america and all the world. we love you. viva puerto rico. >> jimmy: so what now? what can we do now, anyone's watching. >> so everybody can do. you are already doing by showing up. puerto rico is a very safe island with great people. show up and enjoy this island. >> jimmy: did you hear that? come to puerto rico. show up, support your local businesses, support your local restaurants. let's go get another rum sour! >> i endorse this message. ♪ when you shop with us, you know how to score.
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♪ ♪ >> jimmy: we've had such an amazing time here in puerto rico. it's been a trip filled with moments we here at "the tonight show" will never forget. tonight, we'd like we'd like to close out our show with a a special song. it's love song to puerto rico from the people who call it home. here to perform "en mi viejo san juan", "in my old san juan." please welcome, jose feliciano and ozuna. ♪ [ singing in a foreign language ]
language ] ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: fantastic. my thanks to lin-manuel miranda, the cast of "hamilton", jose andres, bad bunny. jose felciano and ozuna. [ cheers and applause ] the roots, everyone at american express, and puerto rico. stay tuned for late night with seth meyers. thank you for watching. have a great a night. i hope to see you tomorrow. puerto rico. gracias, de corazon. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪
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