- Madonna lifted her skirt to give “The Tonight Show” audience a peek at her butt.
- She also sprawled on host Jimmy Fallon’s desk as Fallon tried to cover her up with his jacket.
- The pop superstar previously smoked a cigar and used expletives in a 1994 “Late Show” appearance.
Madonna lifted her skirt to give the “Tonight Show” audience — and host Jimmy Fallon — a quick look at her butt during a recent appearance on the late-night talk show.
The pop icon and Fallon began their conversation on Thursday by talking about Madonna’s concert documentary, “Madame X” (streaming now on Paramount+).
Named after Madonna’s 2019 album of the same name, the film follows the singer on her 11th concert tour in January 2020 in Portugal following the release of the album.
“Art is important in our lives. I don’t think people emphasize that enough. I’m really inspired by James Baldwin,” Madonna told Fallon about the documentary.
“One of the things that I quote over and over again in the show is that artists are here to disturb the peace,” she continued, adding that she means that “in the best way.”
While agreeing with her, Fallon said, “Yeah, you get in good trouble,” quoting the late civil rights leader John Lewis’ encouragement for people to get involved with “good trouble, necessary trouble.”
Seconds later, to prove that she does indeed “disturb the peace,” Madonna lunged forward to sprawl across Fallon’s desk as a stunned Fallon said, “No no no, why would you?”
“Stop, stop, stop it. I don’t know what to do,” Fallon exclaimed as he tried to cover Madonna’s legs with his jacket.
“No one’s gonna see anything, my gosh,” Madonna said, while also quickly turning around and lifting her skirt to expose her butt and tights.
This surprising moment with Fallon wasn’t Madonna’s first time attracting attention on a late-night talk show.
She famously used expletives, smoked a cigar, and talked about drugs during a 1994 “Late Show” conversation with David Letterman. Madonna told Spin two years later that she “regretted” the incident, adding that the way Letterman introduced her for their interview (where he talked about her sexual partners) was “so derogatory.”
“David Letterman knew I was going to do it. I talked to the producers of the show. Everybody was like, this will be really funny if you say ‘fuck’ a lot and they’ll just keep bleeping you,” she said. “Well, I came out and started doing it, and David freaked out. The way he introduced me was derogatory, so my whole thing was, okay, if that’s how you want to play it, you cannot beat me at this game.”
She added: “I couldn’t believe how freaked out people were. But then, in retrospect, I was so glad I did it.”