Jimmy Fallon, the host of NBC’s late-night talk show “The Tonight Show,” is said to have apologized to his colleagues after Rolling Stone published claims made by both current and former employees that the workplace was highly toxic. The employees said that while they were working on the show, their mental health deteriorated. Additionally, they asserted that Fallon had a temper when under stress.
According to reports in Variety and Rolling Stone, on Thursday night, Jimmy shared with the ‘Tonight Show’ employees during a Zoom meeting: “It’s embarrassing and I feel so bad. Sorry if I embarrassed you and your family and friends. I feel so bad I can’t even tell you.”
“I want this show to be fun, it should be inclusive for everybody, it should be funny, it should be the best show, the best people.”
On September 7, RS conducted an investigation, sixteen unnamed current and former employees claimed that the late-night program had a poisonous work environment. It supposedly begins from the top. The show’s staff is accustomed to Fallon having “good Jimmy days” and “bad Jimmy days,” when he is prone to outbursts and erratic behavior. An ex-employee informed RS, “It was like, if Jimmy is in a bad mood, everyone’s day is fucked, People wouldn’t joke around in the office, and they wouldn’t stand around and talk to each other. It was very much like, focus on whatever it is that you have to do because Jimmy’s in a bad mood, and if he sees that, he might fly off.”
Rolling Stone published accusations against Jimmy Fallon on Thursday from two current and 14 former workers, including writers and production staff. They asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals. A further of 80 current and former employees were allegedly contacted, accordingly “not a single one agreed to speak on the record or had positive things to say about working on the Tonight Show.” According to the study, several sources claimed that Jimmy had a history of “outbursts” and lashing out at workers when under stress, and that guest changing rooms were referred to as “cry rooms” where staff members could go to unwind. However, now because of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA unions’ strikes, Jimmy’s “The Tonight Show” is temporarily on hold.