Allegations of “erratic” conduct and a poisonous work atmosphere at Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” have been made public by Rolling Stone in a shocking investigation. Testimonies from two current and fourteen former workers—including members of the production crew, administrative personnel, and show writers—are included in the report. They all describe a work climate that is marked by bullying, anxiety, and terror.
An investigation by Rolling Stone claims that Jimmy Fallon’s employees described their work with him as unpredictable, with “good Jimmy days” and “bad Jimmy days.” It was inconceivable for staff members, particularly the showrunners, to say “no” to Jimmy, according to a prevalent culture that made them feel uncomfortable.
A number of “The Tonight Show” showrunners came and departed quickly, and this turnover is thought to be related to the difficult work environment that Fallon’s actions generated. In the last nine years, there have been nine showrunners.
Fallon’s unplanned “outbursts” were among the accusations, which HR was informed of but no remedial action was taken. Some former workers said that their mental health suffered as a result of the poisonous work environment, which gave rise to jokes about them “wanting to kill themselves.” Workers even called the dressing rooms of visitors “crying rooms.”
A number of the former staff members disclosed that they were receiving counseling, and some others acknowledged that their experiences on the show had caused them to consider suicide. “Mentally, I was in the lowest place of my life,” a former employee revealed. I had given up on wanting to live. I always considered ending my own life.”
Staff were under continual pressure to deliver flawless work, afraid that they might lose their jobs if they did not. They spoke of a highly pressured workplace in which a single mistake may result in the replacement of an inexperienced employee by an enthusiastic NBC page waiting for a chance.
Jimmy Fallon’s mood swings had a big impact on the workweek; staff members adjusted their conduct to suit his mood. Employees avoided informal conversations and the office environment got strained when Fallon was not feeling well.
The Fear of Counterattack:
Many former staff members left the show to protect their mental health or were fired, while many more asked to remain anonymous out of fear of reprisals.
Jimmy Fallon did not address the accusations, but NBC released a statement defending the show and reiterating its dedication to fostering a respectful workplace. The network claimed to have looked into employee complaints and, if needed, taken appropriate action.
Fallon’s Past Rumors and Career:
Jimmy Fallon became well-known after taking over as host of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” in 2009 and taking over as host of “The Tonight Show” in 2014 after Jay Leno retired. For years, Fallon has been the subject of rumors about his bad behavior, particularly ones regarding his drinking habits, which he refuted in 2017.