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On Friday’s episode of NBC’s The Tonight Show, guest Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and host Jimmy Fallon worked together to surprise one of his show’s producers, Karina Kabalan, by reuniting her with her husband, Todd Kabalan, a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.
Johnson had said while being interviewed that people should give back to U.S. troops when given the opportunity and that he “would love to give back to a military family that’s actually here in the audience.”
The Moana actor and Fallon then walked past the audience to a producer’s booth and approached Karina, who looked shocked. He gave her a hug.
“You guys have been living apart for the past year and a half because he is 5,000 miles away,” Johnson told Karina, who also served in the Army. “We wanted to thank you and your husband for your service and your sacrifice and I personally heard you are the most amazing person and we wanted to bring your husband home for you for the holidays.”
“Turn around and hug your husband,” the actor said.
Karina then turned around and saw Todd, dressed in his military uniform.
“Oh my God!” she exclaimed, as they embraced tearfully.
“Oh, man, I’m losing it right now,” Fallon said.
I can’t believe we pulled that off. I lost it. #FallonTonight
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) December 10, 2016
“Wow! @ToddKabalan & I are still in shock! Feeling so blessed. I love my #fallonfam! Thank you @FallonTonight @jimmyfallon and @TheRock,” Karina tweeted.
The Tonight Show writer Mike DiCenzo said about 8 people knew about the surprise and showcased on Twitter the creative way they kept it under wraps.
— Mike DiCenzo (@mikedicenzo) December 10, 2016
“Definitely cried during it. Then about 5 more times watching it in the edit. We have a great staff,” he tweeted.
Karina and Todd later went out to dinner to celebrate his homecoming.
“You’re so loved by all your co-workers Karina. Grateful to have been a part of this. You and Todd enjoy those meatballs!” Johnson tweeted.
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