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Jimmy Fallon discusses infertility struggle on 'Today'

Jimmy Fallon and his wife Nancy Juvonen at

Jimmy Fallon and his wife Nancy Juvonen at the TIME 100 Gala celebrating the "100 Most Influential People in the World" at Jazz at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. (April 23, 2013) Credit: AP

"Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon opened up Tuesday about his and his wife's half-decade struggle to have a child.

"We tried for a long time, for five years," Fallon, 38, told Savannah Guthrie on NBC's "Today" show. "And I know people have tried much longer, but if there's anyone out there who is trying and they're just losing hope, just hang in there. Try every avenue, try anything you can do, because you'll get there. You'll end up with a family, and it's so worth it. It is the most worth-it thing."

Fallon and his wife, Nancy Juvonen, Drew Barrymore's producing partner in Flower Films, had their first child, Winnie, delivered July 23 via surrogate.

"My wife and I had been trying for a while to have a baby," he said, "and so we tried a bunch of things and anyone who's tried will know, it's just awful. So we had a surrogate."

They kept the pregnancy a secret even from his colleagues at NBC, after having suffered disappointments.

"When we tried before, we told people and then it didn't happen, and it's just really depressing," he said. "So this time we just said, 'We're not going to tell anybody. It'd be just more fun if it's just private between me and my wife and then we get to introduce her to everybody.' "

Fallon is set to succeed Jay Leno as host of NBC's "Tonight Show" early next year.

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