Jimmy Fallon apologizes to employees for allegations of difficult work environment on ‘Tonight Show’

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Jimmy Fallon on the set of The Tonight Show in April.



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Jimmy Fallon has I apologize to his colleagues regarding the allegations in A Rolling Stone story CNN has learned that Thursday’s podcast about the difficult work environment at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

During a Zoom call with “The Tonight Show” staff after the story broke, Fallon reportedly said he didn’t intend to “create that kind of atmosphere for the show,” according to a follow-up story in Rolling Stone, citing an anonymous person. The staff who were on the call.

CNN has reached out to Fallon’s representatives.

An NBC representative referred CNN to the network’s statement printed in Rolling Stone’s original report.

“It’s embarrassing and I feel so bad,” the staff allegedly said, according to the Rolling Stone article.

“Sorry if I embarrassed you, your family and your friends…I feel so bad that I can’t even tell you,” the article quotes Fallon.

“I want the show to be interesting, [it] “It should be inclusive of everyone.” “It should be the best show.”

In the original story, 16 current and former employees described a difficult work environment at “The Tonight Show” that they say in some cases was harmful to their mental health. The individuals were not identified by name in the story, for fear of professional repercussions. CNN has not independently verified their claims.

Fallon and the “Tonight Show” offered no comment on the first story, but a statement from NBC was included in the report.

“We are extremely proud of The Tonight Show, and providing a respectful work environment is a top priority,” NBC’s statement said. “As in any workplace, we have had employees raise issues; These have been investigated and necessary action has been taken where appropriate. As always, we encourage employees who feel they have witnessed or observed behavior that does not comply with our policies to report their concerns so we can address them accordingly.

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In 2020, Fallon I was shot For a clip he resurfaced from a “Saturday Night Live” sketch in which he impersonated Chris Rock and in which he appeared in blackface.

Fallon issued apology After the sketch, which originally aired on SNL in 2000, went viral on social media and sparked criticism.

And in recent weeks, it happened with Fallon Back On the The Fifth Strike Force podcast. with fellow late night hosts John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers while their shows go dark amid the ongoing writers’ strike. Proceeds generated from the podcast will go to unemployed employees from the hosts’ shows, they said.

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