Jerry Seinfeld called one of the “dumb” workplace toxicity allegations thrown at Jimmy Fallon a “silly twist of events.”
The 69-year-old ‘Bee Movie’ voice actor has come out in favor of the ‘Tonight Show’ host after two former staffers told Rolling Stone that Seinfeld saw Fallon put an employee down.
“It’s so stupid. I remember that moment vividly…I teased Jimmy about a mistake, and we all laughed having fun that Jimmy rarely gets shaken up,” he said. told the magazine in a statement Thursday.
“It wasn’t uncomfortable at all. Jimmy and I still reminisce about it from time to time and laugh. Silly distortion of events.
In the article, unnamed staff members detailed an “uncomfortable” moment when Fallon, 48, publicly “reprimanded” a crew member for messing up his cue cards during a segment with the alumnus of “Seinfeld”.
According to the ex-employees, Seinfeld forced Fallon to apologize after witnessing the alleged exchange.
“It was very awkward, and Jerry [Seinfeld] “It was like, ‘You should apologize to him,’ almost trying to make a joke out of it,” they told the outlet. “It was one of the weirdest times ever and there were so many people there so it’s hard to forget.”
Just hours after the explosive report was released, Fallon was spotted landing at JFK airport in New York.
While the former ‘Saturday Night Live’ star seemed in high spirits, he tried to keep it low-key in a baseball cap and sungla*ses.
Like Seinfeld, NBC was quick to defend the late-night program — without naming the host.
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“We are incredibly proud of ‘The Tonight Show’ and providing a respectful work environment is a top priority,” a network spokesperson said in a statement. “As in any workplace, employees have raised issues; these were investigated and action taken where appropriate.
“As is always the case, we encourage employees who believe they have experienced or observed behavior inconsistent with our policies to report their concerns so that we can address them accordingly. »
Despite two current employees and 14 former employees detailing Fallon’s ‘erratic behavior’ and the show’s ‘pretty moody atmosphere’, sources told Page Six on Thursday that things have improved significantly since the new showrunner arrived. Chris Miller last May.
“He brought renewed excitement and positive energy to the show,” a source from the show exclusively told us. “Chris prides himself on being available to staff and being a transparent leader.
“He’s exactly what the show needed.”
Another producer shared that sentiment, saying the “atmosphere is very different” now and that Fallon has been extremely “engaged” with the staff.
“There’s a new wave that came a year and a half ago that changed everything,” they claimed, pointing out that they’ve also hired a new bookings manager and editor.
In addition to allegations of creating a “toxic” work environment, former staffers have also accused Fallon of appearing drunk on the job and having unexpected “outbursts” with no repercussions.
Although Fallon has yet to speak about the allegations, he reportedly apologized to his team during a Zoom call Thursday morning, admitting he was “embarra*sed” and felt “so bad” about the situation.