The time of reckoning has come for many of Hollywood’s most beloved celebs. From Ellen DeGeneres to James Corden and even Kelly Clarkson, many talk show hosts are facing a crumbling downfall after employees have spoken out about “toxic” workplace environments. And now, Jimmy Fallon is the latest to fall from grace as Rolling Stone revealed that it certainly hasn’t been a barrel of laughs for those staff members working on The Tonight Show.
According to the initial report, in which several ex-staffers of The Tonight Show came forward to share their terrible experiences working under Jimmy Fallon, everything including claims of the host possibly being intoxicated came out. Referring to what the staff called “good Jimmy days” and “bad Jimmy days,” the detailed accounts of a toxic workplace environment are the stuff of nightmares.
The allegations launched at not only Jimmy Fallon but others involved in the late-night talk show were made by two current and 14 former employees, validating the idea that this behavior has been happening for a long time. At the top of the unpleasant and abusive pyramid is the host himself, as the claimants allege that Fallon displayed unpredictable behavior that put those around him on edge.
Described as a “pretty glum atmosphere,” this new look at The Tonight Show is very different from the production that audiences welcome into their living rooms night after night.
Meanwhile, constant changes in leadership teams behind the production (which went through nine showrunners in the last nine years) certainly didn’t help things.
Described as a “pretty glum atmosphere,” this new look at The Tonight Show is very different from the production that audiences welcome into their living rooms night after night. One of the most troubling accounts comes from allegations that Jimmy Fallon’s “outbursts” were a nightmare in and of themselves while others say that he was just the tip of the iceberg with those on top doing little to reel his abusive antics in.
Despite lodging complaints with HR, the harassment allegedly went on with no one keeping things in check.
Jimmy Fallon Apologizes
Opening his voice to share his apologies, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Jimmy Fallon held a meeting on Zoom, alongside showrunner Chris Miller, to apologize to all those whom he had wronged.
In his statement, The Tonight Show host says that what he read was “embarrassing,” adding, “I feel so bad I can’t even tell you.” He also noted that it was never his goal to “create that type of atmosphere” but unfortunately now for the folks taking the brunt of his alleged behavior, the show itself, and his career, the damage is already done.
“I want this show to be fun,” Jimmy Fallon said on the Zoom call, adding that he wanted to create an “inclusive” environment for everyone involved. It’s unclear where and how things will go from here for Fallon and the rest of the upper tier at The Tonight Show.
Referring to what the staff called “good Jimmy days” and “bad Jimmy days,” the detailed accounts of a toxic workplace environment are the stuff of nightmares.
With disgruntled employees less afraid than ever to come out of the woodwork and state their unpleasant and sometimes traumatic experiences working for seemingly bubbly and wonderful celebrities, the time of reckoning for Jimmy Fallon and others is in full swing.
It will be interesting to see how the host digs into the allegations when The Tonight Show returns following the writers’ and actors’ strike through which it’s been on a hiatus and airing reruns in place of fresh episodes.