Jimmy Fallon has had a protracted profession as a comic and speak present host — however not with out controversy.
Fallon started his profession on Saturday Night time Dwell from 1998 to 2004 earlier than touchdown his personal speak present titled Late Night time With Jimmy Fallon in 2009. The collection lasted till 2013 when it was introduced that Fallon would take over because the host of The Tonight Present.
Greater than a decade into his run at The Tonight Present, Fallon was below fireplace when Rolling Stone printed a report that includes 16 nameless previous and current staff claiming that Fallon created a “nightmare” office on The Tonight Present.
“It’s a bummer as a result of it was my dream job,” one former worker advised the outlet in September. “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 realizing it doesn’t should be that method.”
NBC responded to the story through a press release on the time: “We’re extremely happy with The Tonight Present, and offering a respectful working atmosphere is a prime precedence. As in any office, we’ve had staff increase points; these have been investigated and motion has been taken the place acceptable. As is at all times the case, we encourage staff who really feel they’ve skilled or noticed conduct inconsistent with our insurance policies to report their considerations in order that we might tackle them accordingly.”
Maintain scrolling to see extra of Fallon’s ups and downs all through the years:
Fallon joined the solid of Saturday Night time Dwell and appeared because the coanchor of Weekend Replace beside Tina Fey till 2004.
The comic left SNL to pursue a movie profession and starred in a number of flicks together with 2004’s Taxi and 2005’s Fever Pitch.
Fallon tied the knot with spouse Nancy Juvonen, a movie producer and longtime buddy of Drew Barrymore. The twosome welcomed daughters Winnie and Frances in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
The present Late Night time with Jimmy Fallon ran from 2009 to 2013 and rapidly grew to become a well-liked success. The collection garnered two Emmy Award nominations.
Fallon succeeded Jay Leno and have become the sixth everlasting host of The Tonight Present.
Fallon obtained harsh criticism for the best way he dealt with his interview with Donald Trump. Viewers mentioned that the speak present host was too mild and playful and didn’t ask him any arduous questions in regards to the election.
“It was undoubtedly a down time,” Fallon recalled in June 2018 on an episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s “Award Chatter” podcast. “And it’s powerful for morale. There’s 300 those who work right here, and so when individuals are taking that unhealthy about you and gaming up on you, in a very gang mentality … You go, ‘Alright, we get it. I heard you. You made me really feel unhealthy. So now what? Are you cheerful? I’m depressed. Do you wish to push me extra? What would you like me to do? You need me to kill myself? What would make you cheerful? Recover from it.’ I’m sorry. I don’t wish to make anybody offended — I by no means do and I by no means will. It’s all within the enjoyable of the present. I made a mistake. I’m sorry if I made anybody mad. And, wanting again, I might do it in another way.”
Following his confession, Trump took to social media to blast the comic.
“@jimmyfallon is now whimpering to all that he did the well-known ‘hair present’ with me (the place he significantly tousled my hair), & that he would have now carried out it in another way as a result of it’s mentioned to have ‘humanized’ me,” Trump tweeted in June 2018. “He takes warmth. He known as & mentioned ‘monster scores.’ Be a person Jimmy!”
Fallon responded by tweeting that he could be “making a donation to RAICES within the President’s identify.”
In October, a New York Submit report claimed that NBC executives had been anxious that Fallon’s consuming was spiraling “uncontrolled,” citing his two earlier hand accidents and a chipped tooth. Fallon denied the accusations.
“I may by no means do a day-to-day job if I used to be consuming each evening,” Fallon advised The New York Instances that Might. “That’s simply kicking you once you’re down.”
Fallon as soon as once more got here below fireplace when an SNL skit of him in blackface resurfaced on social media in Might. He took to social media to apologize for his actions.
“In 2000, whereas on SNL, I made a horrible determination to do an impersonation of Chris Rock whereas in blackface,” Fallon tweeted on the time. “There is no such thing as a excuse for this. I’m very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive determination and thank all of you for holding me accountable.”
In August, Fallon, Lorne Michaels and Tracy Morgan had been named in a sexual misconduct lawsuit filed in opposition to Horatio Sanz, with the plaintiff claiming that Fallon, Michaels and Morgan enabled Sanz’s inappropriate conduct.
Sanz settled with the accuser in November and the lawsuit was dismissed.
In September, present and former Tonight Present staff spoke out about Fallon’s erratic conduct on set, claiming to Rolling Stone he’s recognized for having “outbursts.” In line with the workers, it was frequent to listen to colleagues joking about killing themselves as a result of poisonous office atmosphere.
“You by no means knew which Jimmy we had been going to get and when he was going to throw a hissy match,” a former staffer advised the outlet in an interview. “Look what number of showrunners went so rapidly. We knew they didn’t final lengthy.”
Hours after the article got here out, Fallon reportedly apologized to the employees members.
“It’s embarrassing and I really feel so unhealthy,” he advised personnel through Zoom based on Rolling Stone. “Sorry if I embarrassed you and your loved ones and buddies … I really feel so unhealthy I can’t even inform you. I would like the present to be enjoyable, [it] needs to be inclusive to everyone. It needs to be one of the best present.”