Present and former Tonight Present workers are talking out about Jimmy Fallon’s alleged erratic habits on set.
Staffers who spoke to Rolling Stone for a report revealed on Thursday, September 7, claimed that 48-year-old Fallon, who has helmed the present since 2014, is understood for having “outbursts” and displaying inconsistent habits behind the scenes.
In response to former workers, it was commonplace to listen to colleagues joke about “eager to kill themselves” because of the poisonous office atmosphere. The staffers additionally claimed that they referred to company’ dressing rooms as “crying rooms” as a result of that’s the place they went to set free their feelings.
“It’s a bummer as a result of it was my dream job,” one former worker instructed the outlet. “Writing for late evening [television] is lots of people’s dream jobs, and so they’re coming into this and it turns into a nightmare in a short time. It’s unhappy that it’s like that, particularly understanding that it doesn’t should be that method.”
One other former staffer alleged that “all people walked on eggshells” round Fallon, together with senior management. “No person instructed Jimmy, ‘No.’ … You by no means knew which Jimmy we had been going to get and when he was going to throw a hissy match. Look what number of showrunners went so shortly. We all know they didn’t final lengthy,” the previous worker claimed.
A number of staffers who contributed to the report claimed that Fallon’s each day temper may make or break the office atmosphere.
“It was like, if Jimmy is in a foul temper, everybody’s day is f—ked,” one former worker claimed.
One other stated: “Generally we might get good Jimmy, however that generally was not rather a lot. It was simply actually, actually unhappy to me that this actually gifted man created such a horrible atmosphere for the folks there.”
Two former workers alleged they witnessed Fallon scolding a crew member who was holding cue playing cards throughout a taping with Jerry Seinfeld, who they stated instructed Fallon to apologize. (The host allegedly did so.)
“It was very awkward, and Jerry was like, ‘It’s best to apologize to him,’ nearly attempting to make it a joke,” one former staffer stated. “It was one of many strangest moments ever and so many individuals had been there, so it’s form of arduous to neglect.”
Seinfeld, 69, nevertheless, recalled the incident in a different way. “That is so silly. I keep in mind this second fairly effectively,” he stated in a press release to Rolling Stone. “I teased Jimmy a couple of flub, and all of us had a enjoyable snigger about how not often Jimmy is thrown off. It was not uncomfortable in any respect. Jimmy and I nonetheless sometimes recollect it and snigger. Idiotic twisting of occasions.”
A spokesperson for NBC supplied a press release to Rolling Stone in response to the report’s allegations, however didn’t point out Fallon immediately.
“We’re extremely happy with The Tonight Present, and offering a respectful working atmosphere is a high precedence,” the spokesperson stated. “As in any office, we’ve had workers elevate points; these have been investigated and motion has been taken the place acceptable. As is all the time the case, we encourage workers who really feel they’ve skilled or noticed habits inconsistent with our insurance policies to report their issues in order that we might deal with them accordingly.” (Us Weekly has reached out to Fallon’s rep for remark.)
This isn’t the primary time that Fallon has sparked controversy throughout his tenure on the speak present. In Might 2020, a resurfaced Saturday Evening Stay clip confirmed the comic in blackface. After the video grew to become a trending matter, Fallon apologized by way of Twitter.
“In 2000, whereas on SNL, I made a horrible choice to do an impersonation of Chris Rock whereas in blackface. There isn’t a excuse for this,” he wrote. “I’m very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive choice and thank all of you for holding me accountable.”
One former Tonight Present worker instructed Rolling Stone that they weren’t proud of the response to the controversy, claiming that the present’s senior management initially needed to “sweep it underneath the rug.”
Regardless of the poisonous office allegations, one ex-staffer expressed hope that the present’s staff will take accountability and make significant adjustments.
“I like The Tonight Present, and I like comedy. I gave my coronary heart and soul to that place. I need to see them succeed and do effectively, however for that to occur, there are main adjustments that have to happen, beginning with Jimmy,” the previous worker stated. “All of them have to dig their heads out of the sand and do one thing concerning the very apparent issues that everyone knows are taking place.”