Jimmy Fallon seemed in high spirits in his first public appearance since being accused by more than a dozen current and former ‘Tonight Show’ staffers of creating a ‘toxic’ work environment.
Fallon, 48, was pictured arriving at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on Thursday, just hours after the explosive report made headlines.
The former “Saturday Night Live” star, who smiled quickly for the cameras, tried to stay under the radar in dark sungla*ses and a blue Yankees hat.
Fallon, who apparently greeted a few onlookers, kept things casual in black pants, a white t-shirt and an unbuttoned beige sweater.
The comedian quickly traveled through the terminals before getting into a car waiting for him outside.
Earlier today, Rolling Stone released a shocking report detailing Fallon’s alleged “erratic behavior” on the late night talk show.
According to two current employees and 14 former employees, employees were “walking on eggshells” around Fallon, who they said showed up to work drunk on numerous occasions.
While two employees claimed Fallon appeared drunk on set in 2017, two others claimed to have smelled alcohol on his breath twice between 2019 and 2020.
In fact, sources told Page Six in 2016 that Fallon was allegedly a “heavy drinker” and that it had become a matter of concern for NBC.
“There were concerns that Fallon was out of control and something could happen while he was drinking,” a source told Us at the time.
Although the network has publicly denied that Fallon struggled with substance abuse in the same year, its current and former employees sang a different tone in the new report.
They also claimed that the day-to-day work environment was totally dependent on Fallon’s mood, which they referred to as “Jimmy’s good days” and “Jimmy’s bad days”.
“It was like Jimmy was in a bad mood, everyone’s day was ruined,” one employee said. “People weren’t joking in the office and just sitting there talking to each other. It was kind of like you’re focusing on whatever you need to do because Jimmy’s in a bad mood, and if he sees that, he might fly away.
A second member of staff agreed, saying, “You never knew which Jimmy we were going to get and when he was going to throw a fit. Look how many showrunners have gone so fast. We know they didn’t last long.
Notably, there have been nine different showrunners over the past nine years, which employees attributed to the negative environment.
In fact, some former employees described the “Tonight Show” as having a “pretty brooding atmosphere,” which led them to develop mental health issues.
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A few former employees said it was normal for staff members to joke about “wanting to k**l themselves” and calling locker rooms “crying rooms”.
Although Fallon has yet to speak about the allegations, sources told Page Six that the work environment has completely changed since new showrunner Chris Miller arrived last May.
“He brought renewed enthusiasm and positive energy to the show,” the source told Page Six. “Chris prides himself on being available to staff and being a transparent leader.
Meanwhile, another producer told us that Fallon is extremely “engaged” with the staff and “the atmosphere is very different.”
“There’s a new wave that came in a year and a half ago that changed everything,” the producer tells us, pointing out that they also have a new booking manager and editor.