The Real Reason Jimmy Fallon Doesn’t Go After Trump

Late-night host spills the beans on why he works so hard to stay non-political on his show

by Zachary Leeman | Updated 18 May 2017 at 1:38 PM

In a New York Times profile piece this week, “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon addressed the criticism he’s received on social media and the Left — for not making his show as political or Trump-themed as comedians like Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel have done.

“I don’t want to be bullied into not being me, and not doing what I think is funny,” Fallon said. “Just because some people bash me on Twitter, it’s not going to change my humor or my show.”

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He added, “It’s not ‘The Jimmy Fallon Show.’ It’s ‘The Tonight Show.'”

It’s interesting hearing Fallon’s respect for the show and brand above his own personal politics. Other late-night hosts, more and more, have turned their opening monologues into personal tirades against Republicans and the president.

“People that voted for Trump watch my show as well,” Fallon said, displaying a respect for his audience many celebrities are pushing to the side today. It’s certainly paying off for the “Tonight Show” host, as his late-night program is the top-rated one on television.

Fallon also addressed any controversy surrounding his September interview with Donald Trump, which was considered to be "softball" by many, a strange criticism considering Fallon is a comedian — and not a reporter or investigative journalist.

"If there's one bad thing on Twitter about me, it will make me upset. So, after this happened, I was devastated," Fallon said. "I didn't mean anything by it. I was just trying to have fun."

Having fun is something other late-night hosts might want to try a bit more of — for real.

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