Jimmy Fallon has always copped a little bit of heat for his style of hosting The Tonight Show. He strenuously tries to be entirely apolitical – even when it is somewhat baffling to be apolitical – which has landed him in a few sticky situations.
Mr. Fallon acknowledges now that the Trump interview was a setback, if not quite a mistake, and he has absorbed at least a portion of the anger that was directed at him by critics and online detractors.“They have a right to be mad,” a chastened Mr. Fallon said in an interview this month. “If I let anyone down, it hurt my feelings that they didn’t like it. I got it.”
He also claimed that it wasn’t his intention to ‘soften’ Trump’s image with the interview – he wanted to ‘minimise’ him. “I didn’t do it to humanise him,” he said. “I almost did it to minimise him. I didn’t think that would be a compliment: ‘He did the thing that we all wanted to do.’ It all started going crazy.”
— Kevin O’Keeffe (@kevinpokeeffe) May 17, 2017
— Aminatou Sow (@aminatou) May 17, 2017
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