In the latest edition of ‘Hey, Jimmy Fallon, No F*cking Shit Dude, That’s Why You Can’t Pander To Anyone & Everyone Like A Laughing-Gas Filled Child’, Jimmy Fallon was reportedly ‘devastated’ by the intense reaction to his Trump interview.
Look, by all accounts, Jimmy Fallon is an excellent dude, but I’m kind of glad this is happening to him, given he’s being buried in a grave that he dug himself. Let me explain.
Even since Trump took office, Stephen Colbert and The Late Show have unseated Fallon’s The Tonight Show as the number 1 late night talk show. The reason — most likely — is that in these trying times, people want a little more bite and authenticity from their late night host. Fallon has built his career on the opposite.
So, ever since his Trump interview from January 2016, the affability that made him so famous and successful is now turning some viewers off. And in an interview with the New York Times, Fallon has finally admitted he regrets the way he handled the situation, saying he’s ‘devastated’ by it.
“I go, I just can’t read Twitter,” he said. “Then I can’t read the news. I can’t read the internet.”
Speaking in a quiet, tentative tone, Mr. Fallon seemed to be reliving the experience as he recounted it.
“I’m a people pleaser,” he said. “If there’s one bad thing on Twitter about me, it will make me upset. So, after this happened, I was devastated. I didn’t mean anything by it. I was just trying to have fun.”
Mr. Fallon feels he has lost the opportunity to explain himself to disappointed viewers. “I feel like it’s sailed,” he said. “I haven’t talked about it at all.”
Ultimately, Mr. Fallon concluded that his only recourse is to keep doing the show he has been doing. “I tossed and turned for a couple of weeks, but I have to make people laugh,” he said. “People that voted for Trump watch my show as well.”
And that’s what Fallon gets for trying to please everybody, to be as neutral as possible. Had Fallon had the foresight to see what kind of disaster Trump winning would be, he wouldn’t be in the position in the first place.