American host Jimmy Fallon apologized to the staff of his show, The Tonight Show, on NBC, after being accused of creating “a toxic work environment.”
“I feel so bad I can’t even express it,” he told his colleagues on a Zoom call, according to the magazine. Rolling Stone.
The apologies follow an investigation by the magazine that exposed accusations of 16 members from current and former staff of the television show.
The complainants told Rolling Stone that for years they felt belittled and intimidated.
They described Fallon’s behavior as “erratic,” and that it all depended on whether he was having a “good Jimmy day” or a “bad Jimmy day.”
They also added that the presenter suffered “outbursts” of anger.
According to the original story of Rolling Stone that revealed the accusations, the guest dressing rooms were called “crying rooms.”
“Writing for a late-night show is a dream job for a lot of people, and they find this and it quickly turns into a nightmare,” an anonymous person told the magazine.
For those who had concerns and expressed them to the human resources team, the problems continued, he reported Rolling Stone.
They defend it
All current and former staff who spoke with Rolling Stone He requested anonymity “for fear of reprisals.”
In a statement, an NBC spokesperson wrote: “We are incredibly proud of The Tonight Show, and providing a respectful work environment is a top priority… Like any workplace, we have had employees who have raised issues; “These have been investigated and action has been taken.”
After investigation of Rolling StoneFallon allegedly told the show’s staff, “It’s embarrassing and I feel really bad.”
“I’m sorry if I embarrassed you, your family, and your friends.”
However, some current employees have come to Fallon’s defense.
One told the magazine People that Fallon was “a very positive guy”.
“He goes out of his way to congratulate you when you do a great job and when he is happy,” said the employee, who also asked to remain anonymous. “They have never belittled me, yelled at me, anything like that.”
“I am very happy to work there now,” he told People another employee, who said he had not heard of “cry rooms.”
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