Jimmy Fallon Speaks Out After Trump Interview Backlash

Jimmy Fallon Speaks Out After Trump Interview Backlash


Jimmy Fallon's had a hard time since he hosted Donald Trump, then the face of an insurgent presidential campaign, on his show.

“I didn’t do it to humanize him,” Fallon said in a profile for The New York Times. “I almost did it to minimize him. I didn’t think that would be a compliment: ‘He did the thing that we all wanted to do.’ ”

“Because the next time I see you, you could be the president of the United States, I just wanted to know if there’s something we could do that’s not presidential really,” Fallon said at the time.

Then Fallon asked him, “Can I mess your hair up?” before doing just that, concluding with, "Donald Trump, everybody!"

The backlash was strong.

The Atlantic referred to the moment as “a destructive and self-indulgent mistake.” Fellow late-night comedian Samantha Bee said that “inviting him [Trump] on their flagship comedy programs to show millions of Americans what a fun guy he is.”

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