Back in 2016, Jimmy Fallon had the then-presidential candidate on his show, Donald Trump, who went on to be the actual president of the United States, much to Hollywood’s chagrin.
Fallon has since described that evening as one of his biggest regrets, due to the wave of backlash against him. Donald’s visit to the show resulted in his ostracization as well as the tanking of The Tonight Show‘s ratings which haven’t bounced back since.
During Trump’s appearence on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy famously tousled Trump’s hair to find out if it was real. It turns out that it is, but is styled into a combover.
The public’s outrage for bringing Trump on the show was swift, mostly due to his inflammatory rhetoric on illegal immigrants and Islamic terrorism.
The entire comedic and entertainment community castigated Jimmy Fallon for bringing Donald on his talk show, and since then, Fallon has been trying hard to politicize himself for the sake of winning back the public’s fervor.
During a chat with journalists from The Hollywood Reporter, Fallon said he didn’t do it “to normalize Trump,” or for the sake of corroborating his political opinions or anything like that.
Fallon, who began crying in the middle of the interview, said: “it was definitely a downtime.” After Fallon apologized, he said, “looking back, I would do it differently.”
Fallon has never been much of a political comedian, and his soft-style sort of interview is more catered toward people like Cardi B, for instance. Fallon interviewed the rapper in a clip that soon went viral.
Jimmy is more about playing games with his guests including “Wheel Of Impressions.” Recently, Fallon went to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to encourage the protests for gun control after the mass shooting there that killed over a dozen people.