Jimmy Fallon allegedly apologized to Tonight Show staff members after they claimed the talk show host fosters a “toxic” work environment.
“It’s embarrassing, and I feel so bad,” Fallon, 48, told personnel via Zoom on Thursday, September 7, as per Rolling Stone. “Sorry if I embarrassed you and your family and friends … I feel so bad I can’t even tell you.” The call came just hours after the publication of a shocking report about Fallon’s alleged on-set behaviour.
Fallon hailed showrunner Chris Miller, who was also on the call, as a “great leader” who will remain in his position.
The comedian allegedly said to staff, “I want the show to be fun, [it] should be inclusive to everybody. It should be the best show.”
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’s Zoom with Staff comes only hours after Rolling Stone published their investigation into 16 employees’ concerns regarding the environment on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. 14 of the 16 employees interviewed by Rolling Stone were former employees and two were current employees.
Former employees claim that employees frequently joked about “wanting to kill themselves” due to the allegedly toxic environment. Dressing rooms were referred to as “crying rooms” by staff who needed a break to let out their emotions.
Furthermore, some others claimed that Fallon’s allegedly erratic behaviour caused a lot of tension in the workplace.