Jimmy Fallon is still haunted by the September 15, 2016 episode of The Tonight Show.
We all know the one — where the late night host tussled Donald Trump‘s hair during his campaign appearance in the weeks before the election. As you may remember, the Saturday Night Live alum got a ton of backlash for normalizing the now-POTUS.
In a recent episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, the 43-year-old comedian expressed his regret for handling the episode that way. Hindsight is 20/20.
Jimmy said emotionally:
“I did not do it to ‘normalize’ him or to say I believe in his political beliefs or any of that stuff. [The criticism] just got bigger and out of control. I saw other comedians from other shows making fun of me on Twitter and I go, ‘OK, now I’m just gonna get off.’ They know the show. I’m just doing five hours a week. I get in at 10 in the morning, I work ’til seven at night and I’m just trying to make a funny show. You know the grind and you know me. Of all the people in the world, I’m one of the good people. I mean, really. You don’t even know what you’re talking about if you say that I’m evil or whatever. Some people don’t even want to hear anything else. They’re like, ‘No, you did that!’ You go, ‘Well, just calm down. Just look at the whole thing and just actually see my body of work.'”
He went on to describe the extent of his despair over the whole ordeal:
“It was definitely a down time. And it’s tough for morale. There’s 300 people that work here, and so when people are talking that bad about you and ganging up on you, in a really gang-mentality…you go, ‘All right, we get it. I heard you. You made me feel bad. So now what? Are you happy? I’m depressed. Do you want to push me more? What do you want me to do? You want me to kill myself? What would make you happy?’ Get over it. I don’t want to make anyone angry; I never do and I never will. It’s all in the fun of the show. I made a mistake. I’m sorry if I made anyone mad. And, looking back, I would do it differently.”
Some mistakes stick around longer than others. Clearly, Jimmy has felt the consequences of stooping down to Trump’s antics.
Of course, Predisent Cheeto caught wind of the interview and immediately took to Twitter to respond, as he does.
Trump wrote on Sunday:
.@jimmyfallon is now whimpering to all that he did the famous “hair show” with me (where he seriously messed up my hair), & that he would have now done it differently because it is said to have “humanized” me-he is taking heat. He called & said “monster ratings.” Be a man Jimmy!
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018
Jimmy wasn’t about to take the bait, as he turned it around to a more serious issue — family separation at the border and what we can do to help. He wrote in response:
In honor of the Presidentâ€™s tweet Iâ€™ll be making a donation to RAICES in his name.
â€” jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) June 25, 2018
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