Jimmy Fallon, the host of The Tonight Show, is at the centre of an online firestorm after Rolling Stone magazine published a report on Thursday in which 2 current and 14 former employees claimed that the show “has been a toxic workplace for years due to Fallon’s ‘erratic behaviour'”. Since the report was published, Fallon addressed his crew in a brief Zoom meeting and apologised for fostering a “toxic” workplace environment, reported CNN.
“It’s embarrassing and I feel so bad,” Fallon said to his staff members during the meeting. “Sorry if I embarrassed you and your family and friends. I feel so bad I can’t even tell you. 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.”
According to the report, multiple sources claimed that Fallon was known to lash out at his employees when under pressure. They also accused the previous senior staff of bullying and belittling them.
Since Fallon succeeded Jay Leno and took over the show in 2014, there have been nine different showrunners due to his “outbursts” that led to constant changes in the show’s leadership teams.
“As in any workplace, we have had employees raise issues; those have been investigated and action has been taken where appropriate,” an NBC spokesperson told Rolling Stone, in response to the report.
Fallon’s talk show is currently on hiatus due to the strikes by the Writer’s Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists unions.