Jimmy Fallon Issues Apology Amid Toxic Work Environment Allegations

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Jimmy Fallon allegedly apologized to Tonight Show workers after Rolling Stone revealed claims from current and former employees alleging a terrible work climate behind the scenes of his late-night show.

“It’s embarrassing, and I feel terrible.” “I’m sorry if I embarrassed you and your family and friends,” Fallon addressed Tonight Show workers during a brief Zoom chat on Thursday evening, Variety and Rolling Stone reported. I’m sorry, I’m not even sure how to explain.

Fallon was quoted by both outlets as saying, “I want this show to be fun; it should be inclusive for everyone; it should be funny; it should be the best show with the best people.”

Rolling Stone revealed charges from two current and 14 former workers, including production crew and writers, who requested anonymity out of fear of punishment earlier on Thursday. 

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No Positive Testimonials 

jimmy-fallon-issues-apology-amid-toxic-work-environment-allegations
Jimmy Fallon allegedly apologized to Tonight Show workers after Rolling Stone revealed claims from current and former employees alleging a terrible work climate behind the scenes of his late-night show.

According to Rolling Stone, they sought another 80 current and former staffers, but “not a single one agreed to speak on the record or had positive things to say about working on the Tonight Show.

Several sources told Rolling Stone that Fallon had a history of having “outbursts” and lashing out at staff when under pressure; that previous senior staff on the show had bullied and belittled them; and that employees would often refer to the guests’ dressing rooms as “cry rooms” where they could go to unwind.

Since Fallon took over from Jay Leno in 2014, the Tonight Show has had nine showrunners, a far quicker turnover than comparable late-night shows like Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

One former employee told Rolling Stone, “Nobody told Jimmy, ‘No.’ Everyone walked on eggshells, especially the showrunners.” Look at how many showrunners have left in such a short time: “You never knew which Jimmy we’d get or when he’d throw a hissy fit.” We are aware that they did not last very long.

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Source: The Guardian

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