It seems no matter what Jimmy Fallon does or says, he remains unforgiven for his September 2016 interview with then Republican candidate, now President Donald Trump.
The nature of the interview was quite upbeat and friendly. The part that so many people objected to, was when he tousled Trump’s hair. The reaction was incredible, with many saying this has humanised the very controversial candidate. In a recent piece in the New York Times, Fallon finally responded to the negative press he got following the interview. He said:
[Viewers] have a right to be mad. I didn’t do it to humanise him. I almost did it to minimise him. I didn’t think that would be a compliment.
Seeming to be one who dislikes and avoids conflict, Fallon also expressed regret that he had not spoken of it since. His friendly interaction with Trump was viewed by many on social media as condoning Trump’s ideas and behavior. While Fallon admits one bad comment on Twitter can hurt him because he is a people pleaser, he also said this:
I don’t want to be bullied into not being me, and not doing what I think is funny. Just because some people bash me on Twitter, it’s not going to change my humor or my show.
Fallon encouraged people to vote before the election, but tried to stay a little above partisan politics. He has found this tact has not pleased everyone. While Stephen Colbert is doing really well in the ratings by unleashing on Trump nightly, Fallon is sticking to his style, with ratings steady and with some people not able to forgive him for his famous and jovial ‘tousling‘ of Trump’s hair.
The Times makes the point that:
Mr. Fallon believes it should be a place for a wide swath of viewers to get their entertainment and laughs, and that this philosophy will steer it through a period of intense polarization.
It seems by trying to stay neutral, Fallon now has critics from all sides. Reactions to the Times article on Twitter like this were common:
Of course Jimmy Fallon cares about ratings he just mistakenly thought he could get them by courting Trump voters and now he's locked in pic.twitter.com/P169NhQDuT
— Gabrielle Bluestone (@g_bluestone) May 17, 2017
One note: Fallon is NOT a non-political comic. Pre-Trump, he did regular routines about how O was a pussy & Putin was a clever manly man…
— emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) May 17, 2017
So NY Times is suggesting Jimmy Fallon isn't rating high because he doesn't attack Trump enough. Zero Self Awarenesshttps://t.co/Di8q1vHiHs
— Rants Outloud (@RantsOutloud) May 17, 2017
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