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Watch Jimmy Fallon's Hilarious Visit to Viral MSNBC Journalist Steve Kornacki

Odette Odendaal
Nov 16, 2020
12:00 A.M.
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Jimmy Fallon checked in on MSNBC anchor Steve Kornacki, who became a viral sensation for his non-stop election analysis, and the hilarious visit proved that the political correspondent is "still standing."

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As results of the US presidential election came in, NBC News' national political correspondent Steve Kornacki stayed glued to his analytics board. His sleep-dying coverage struck a chord with the public, who loved his energetic perseverance.

With Kornacki now ready to go back into "preservation" after his multi-day coverage, "The Tonight Show" host, Jimmy Fallon went to check in on the now wildly popular MSNBC anchor.

Steve Kornacki covering the US presidential election results in November 2020. | Source: YouTube/MSNBC.

Steve Kornacki covering the US presidential election results in November 2020. | Source: YouTube/MSNBC.

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'OH MY!'

Sharing the quick visit with viewers, Fallon disappeared into the bowels of the Rockefeller Center, only to find Kornacki as disheveled as his desk. The unexpected meeting surprised the political correspondent, who uttered, "Oh my" and welcomed him to the second floor.

Gifting Kornacki a little bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey and a $5 Subway gift card, Fallon was happy to see that he is "still standing." But according to the popular political analyst, he recovered from his sleepless dedication to the election board and said:

"I'm recharged, I'm feeling OK. They put me back into preservation for about 3 1/2 years."

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WHAT MADE HIM SO POPULAR?

The 41-year-old political correspondent had one speed during the US presidential election - Go. Kornacki's coverage didn't stop, and neither did he or his enthusiasm for bringing the latest updates to the public.

From Election Day until Friday night, Kornacki impressed with his math skills on the fly, his energetic demeanor, and of course, his khaki pants even though he only got a total of five hours of sleep.

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CELEBRITY LOVE

Election junkies couldn't stop watching Kornacki. Soon the hashtag #TrackingKornacki went viral on Twitter because as "TODAY" Weekend co-anchor Peter Alexander so aptly said, he is "part political junkie, part human calculator, part Energizer Bunny."

Comedian Leslie Jones also became a big fan, as he likes it when reporters look all "disheveled and concerned." But his tireless coverage also impressed viewers, as model Chrissy Teigen wrote:

"I honestly dunno how steve is still going im bout to die."

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Willie Geist joked that Khaki sales went through the roof, while TikTok users made videos of the popular political correspondent. One of the videos features a montage of Kornacki to The Ronettes song, "Be My Baby."

WHAT KEEPS HIM GOING

Steve Kornacki covered the US presidential election for the first time back in 2016, and he previously said his regular supply of diet coke partially help sustain his energetic coverage.

While the 41-year-old also feeds off the energy of the live presidential election coverage, the fear of failing at his task also helps keep him energized and focused on the task at hand.

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