Jimmy Fallon has offered a mea culpa to his staff after a report highlighted a “pretty glum atmosphere” at The Tonight Show over the years.
Deadline understands that Fallon spoke to staff this afternoon after Rolling Stone published an article that called the NBC show a “toxic workplace”.
“I’m sorry if I embarrassed you. I never set out to create that type of atmosphere at the show. I think sometimes I’m working with the best of the best, you guys are the top of the game,” he told staff according to someone on the call.
He admitted to have done “embarrassing” things in the past. “I want this show to be fun, it should be inclusive for everybody, it should be funny, it should be the best show, the best people. I just wanted to… say I miss you guys.”
The article called Fallon “erratic” at work and suggested that he was “inebriated” and hungover during working hours, with seven former employees saying that their mental health was impacted by working on The Tonight Show.
The claims, which Rolling Stone spoke to 50 former and current employees for, highlighted the number of showrunners that The Tonight Show went through including Josh Lieb, Jim Bell and Gavin Purcell.
Jamie Granet-Bederman came in for a large portion of the criticism, with Rolling Stone sources saying that the exec, who left in March 2022, had bullied and mistreated staff.
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