Jimmy Fallon reportedly apologized to The Tonight Show Employees via Zoom on Thursday (September 7) after a Rolling Stone The investigation uncovered allegations of a “toxic workplace.”
Fourteen former employees and two current employees shared their experiences with the magazine, claiming that employees were in a “constant state of fear” in part due to Fallon’s alleged “erratic” behavior.
Rolling Stone It was later reported that Fallon and showrunner Chris Miller discussed the report with employees via video call.
“It’s embarrassing and I feel so bad,” Fallon said, according to the magazine, which quoted two employees on the call. “I’m sorry if I embarrassed you and your family and friends… I feel so bad I can’t even tell you.”
The apology was confirmed separately deadline And diversity who report that Fallon added: “I want this show to be fun, it should be inclusive, it should be funny, it should be the best show, the best people.”
The Independent has reached out to Fallon’s reps for comment.
Former comedian and Saturday night live As a performer, Fallon has been the leader of NBC’s long-running talk show since 2014. On the show, Fallon interviews the biggest stars in Hollywood, sports and politics, while also offering light-hearted games and musical numbers.
Seven former employees spoke Rolling Stone that her mental health was affected by her alleged experiences while working on the program.
According to several people who spoke to the publication, it is “common knowledge” that “Fallon’s temper, his mood and his treatment of employees are unpredictable.”
“Nobody said ‘no’ to Jimmy. “Everyone was walking on eggshells, especially the showrunners,” claimed a former employee.
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“You never knew which Jimmy we were going to get and when he was going to throw a tantrum. Look how many showrunners left so quickly. We know they didn’t last long.”
For the past nine years, the show has introduced a new showrunner every year.
Other revelations in the report included claims that employees referred to guests’ changing areas as “crying rooms” because they went there to soothe their emotions.
An NBC spokesperson defended the show in a statement Rolling Stone.
“We are incredibly proud of it The Tonight Show“And creating a respectful work environment is a top priority,” the spokesperson said. “Like any workplace, we had employees who raised issues; These were investigated and, if necessary, action was taken.
“As always, we encourage employees who feel they have experienced or observed behavior that is inconsistent with our policies to report their concerns so we can address them appropriately.”