Dave Itzkoff at The New York Times looks into one of the unexpected casualties of the Trump administration: NBC Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon.
Once the undisputed juggernaut of the late-night category, Mr. Fallon’s “Tonight Show,” a celebrity-friendly cavalcade of games and gags, has seen its ratings decline in recent months. Meanwhile, his politically pointed competitor Stephen Colbert, who hosts CBS’s “The Late Show,” has closed what was once a formidable gap of nearly one million viewers.
The resurgent interest in left-leaning programming hasn’t helped Mr. Fallon, a former star of “Saturday Night Live” who has built his brand on his all-around entertainer’s skills and down-the-middle tastes. And as Mr. Fallon is well aware, viewers haven’t seen him in quite the same light since an interview he conducted with Mr. Trump in September, which was widely criticized for its fawning, forgiving tone. In a gesture that has come to haunt the host, he concluded the segment by playfully running his fingers through Mr. Trump’s hair.
2 thoughts on “‘Jimmy Fallon Was on Top of the World. Then Came Trump.’”
There will be day when “what did Trump do today or what will Trump do next” won’t hijack everyone’s attention. Fallon is a talented and often funny guy and hopefully he can outlast the mass fascination we all seem to have for the daily Trumpian soap opera.
Never before in America have we come close to the precipice of a dictatorship and we need our media pundits and darlings to pull Oz’s curtain aside and reveal the truth. The hell with the hair. What about the real reach of Ras-Putin into the West Wing?