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Chicago Mayor Accepts "The Tonight Show" Invitation With Caveat

Chicago mayor wants new host Jimmy Fallon to take part in the Chicago Polar Plunge




    Could Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel soon appear on NBC's The Tonight Show?

    In making the media rounds last month to promote his incarnation of the program, new host Jimmy Fallon said the mayor has an open invitation to make a guest appearance -- or more.

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    "All he has to do is make a phone call," Fallon said. "He can host if he wants to. I'm scared of that guy."

    There's no immediate word on if a phone call was made, but Emanuel on Wednesday took to Twitter and accepted the invitation, albeit with a challenge:


    Emanuel agreed to take part in the Chicago Polar Plunge -- the annual dip into Lake Michigan that raises money to benefit the athletes of the Special Olympics -- if the city's school children read two million books last summer.

    Emanuel in 2010 took heat for using the word "retarded" to describe liberal activists whose tactics on health care he questioned. He later apologized in a phone call to then-Special Olympics CEO Tom Shriver.