Jimmy Fallon has apologized to his workers at The Tonight Present following a Rolling Stone report that accused the host and late evening speak present of making a “poisonous office.”
Fallon and showrunner Chris Miller held a Zoom assembly Thursday to handle the report, and the host apologized for previous habits cited within the story. Rolling Stone cited a variety of present and former Tonight staffers who detailed incidents of Fallon berating workers on the venerable NBC late evening present and giving what one former staffer described as passive-aggressive suggestions on their work.
“It’s embarrassing and I really feel so dangerous. Sorry if I embarrassed you and your loved ones and mates,” Fallon stated in the course of the assembly. “I really feel so dangerous I can’t even let you know.” He additionally stated he by no means supposed to “create that sort of ambiance” on The Tonight Present.
“I need this present to be enjoyable,” he stated. “It needs to be inclusive for everyone.”
NBC declined remark. The Hollywood Reporter has additionally requested Fallon’s private reps for remark.
Fallon took over The Tonight Present from Jay Leno in 2014 after 5 years because the host of NBC’s Late Evening. The present has gone via a variety of showrunners throughout his tenure, with nobody (together with a three-person crew from 2016-18 and a two-person crew from 2020 to early 2022) serving for longer than about two years. Miller, who got here to Tonight from The Drew Barrymore Present, took the reins in March 2022.
Like different late evening exhibits, The Tonight Present has been airing reruns because the starting of the Writers Guild of America strike in Could. Fallon and fellow hosts Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers and John Oliver just lately launched a podcast on Spotify, with proceeds going to their out-of-work workers.