With John Oliver, Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert attacking politicians every night, and Samantha Bee's Not the White House Correspondents Dinner cementing her status as a force to bed reckoned with, who cares if Fallon can make a music video of Smash Mouth's "All Star" with Star Wars characters? Fellow late-night comedian Samantha Bee attacked both Fallon and his network NBC for "inviting him on their flagship comedy programs to show millions of Americans what a fun guy he is".
Often apolitical, Fallon continues to fill his show with friendly interviews, songs and games while leaving out the edgier jokes mocking Trump that his peers include in their shows. More importantly, Jimmy Fallon has never voiced in support of Trump and he's done more impressions of the president than Alec Baldwin on SNL. Ultimately, Mr. Fallon concluded that his only recourse is to keep doing the show he has been doing.
"I am not a Trump fan at all, not in the slightest, not in the least", he said. "I nearly did it to minimise him. I don't know what bits we're going to do, but we're trying everything".
Once the interview was broadcast, Mr. Fallon said, "It all started going insane". "Where would he draw the line?" "People that voted for Trump watch my show as well".
NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke tells The Times that he spoke with Fallon after the Trump incident and encouraged the host to press on.
Fallon groveled, but will it be enough to appease the left-wing jackals?
Fallon said the hate online was deafening, and that it affected him much more than people thought.
Describing himself as a "people pleaser", Fallon explains, "If there's one bad thing on Twitter about me, it will make me upset". "I didn't mean anything by it", the host added in his interview with The New York Times. "I was just trying to have fun", Fallon went on. The Trump interview was a flawless illustration of the awkward position African Americans are forced into when they are confronted with flesh-and-blood racists. He also told the Times, "I didn't [ruffle Trump's hair] to humanize him". "Bush was dumb, and Clinton was horny", Leno said. He's clearly decided that he's more concerned about staying in the good graces of Trump supporters than of those who'd vocally criticize them, and as long as that's how he feels, some of that criticism is going to come his way, too. After lobbing a few softball questions, Fallon, grinning wildly, reached over his desk and ruffled the divisive politician's hair. On Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live, Fallon was paired with Tina Fey.