Jimmy Fallon got her big break when she joined the cast of the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live in the mid-90s. After being on SNL for almost six years and appearing in many major films, his career changed for the better when he was able to host his own late night talk show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, from 2009 to 2014.
Since 2014, Fallon has been the host of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and became a beloved television personality. Fallon’s down-to-earth and charismatic personality on the show charmed viewers around the world and earned her numerous nominations throughout the year. But, just like Ellen DeGeneres, recent claims seem to prove that Fallon isn’t as healthy behind the scenes as he appears to be when the cameras are rolling.
This actress called out Jimmy Fallon’s toxic behavior years ago
Although they are known to be close friends, Tina Fey once spoke out about Jimmy Fallon’s toxic behavior at work. In his 2013 memoir, Bossy pantsFey shared the story of a tense interaction between the late night talk show host and Amy Poehler in their SNL days. Apparently, the two got into an argument over one of Poehler’s “vulgar” jokes, but Fallon took his response too far.
“Amy Poehler was new to SNL and we were all crowded into the writers’ room on the seventeenth floor, waiting for the Wednesday night reading to begin,” Fey wrote in her book. “Amy was in the middle of such nonsense with Seth Meyers across the table, and she did something vulgar as a joke. I don’t remember exactly what it was, except that it was dirty and noisy and ‘unladylike’.”
She then added: “Jimmy Fallon [.] turned to her and said in a falsely delicate voice, “Stop it!” It’s not cute! I do not like it. Amy dropped what she was doing, her eyes went black for a second and turned back to him. “I don’t care if you like it.” Jimmy was visibly surprised.”
Although Poehler resumed joking with the rest of the cast, Fey noted that “a cosmic shift took place” in the writer’s room after this interaction. For social media users, this story seems like proof enough that Fallon has always been toxic behind the scenes.
Tonight Show Staffers Revealed Behind-the-Scenes Details, Including the Purpose of a Crying Room
In a recent article for Rolling Stone, a former employee of Tonight’s show revealed that Jimmy Fallon tends to be “dismissive and irritable” toward his workers “during production meetings.”
Apparently everyone who works behind the scenes knows that there are “good Jimmy days,” where Fallon is witty and charming, and “bad Jimmy days,” where the host is the complete opposite.
More than 10 former employees admitted that The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has been a toxic workplace for several years now. While everyone knows that working in late-night show production isn’t the easiest job in the world, this particular show is extremely difficult due to Fallon’s “erratic behavior” behind the scenes .
Employees described Tonight’s show as a tense workplace with a “quite sullen atmosphere”.
Some workers even claimed they were often belittled and bullied by their bosses, including Fallon himself. Many claim to be afraid of sudden outbursts and unexpected behavior from the host. To make matters worse, nothing changes after they announce their gigs to HR.
The environment is so toxic that workers often refer to guest dressing rooms as “crying rooms” where they can hide and decompress when they are upset about how they are treated.
“It’s a shame because it was my dream job,” said one former employee. rolling stone. “Writing late at night is a lot of people’s dream job, and they get into this business and it very quickly becomes a nightmare. It’s sad that it’s like this, especially knowing that it’s not obligatory.
Jimmy Fallon responded to allegations he was toxic behind the scenes Tonight Show
After facing much backlash and being compared to Ellen Degeneres, Jimmy Fallon finally responded to the allegations by saying he created a toxic workplace on Tonight’s show.
According to Rolling Stone magazine, shortly after the allegations went viral, the late-night talk show host scheduled a Zoom meeting with his entire staff to apologize to them.
“It’s embarrassing and I feel so bad,” Fallon reportedly said. “Sorry if I embarrassed you, your family and friends…I feel so bad I can’t even tell you.” Fallon claimed he never intended to “create that type of atmosphere for the show.” Instead, he wanted “the show to be fun, [it] should be inclusive for everyone. According to employees, he added: “This should be the best show.”
Fans aren’t convinced by the sincerity of Fallon’s apology. The only thing he could do to clear his name at this point would be to make an effort to change things in the scenes on his show. But since from today, Tonight’s show is not filming new episodes due to the ongoing writers’ strike, it could be a while before that happens.