Jimmy Fallon sheepishly sidesteps questions about ‘Tonight Show’ scandal

Jimmy Fallon avoided answering questions about the atmosphere of the “Tonight Show” after being accused of creating a “toxic” work environment.

“I’m so happy to be back I can’t even tell you, I missed the show so much,” he told Page Six at the Broadway opening of “Gutenberg! The Musical!” on Thursday of the show’s return after the writer’s strike.

He continued, “I miss interviewing everyone so much, I was just interviewing my wife for the last five months and she got bored of me so she’s so happy I’m out of the house.

“The show is back, we’re back to telling monologue jokes, back to making people feel happy, I’m so thankful and happy to be back.”

When pressed to address the bombshell Rolling Stone exposé, he simply shrugged and reiterated, “Yeah, I’m happy to be back,” before walking away.

Last month, the magazine published a detailed report citing two current “Tonight Show” staffers and 14 former employees who claimed that Fallon created a “glum atmosphere” at the late-night show by allegedly belittling and bullying people who worked for him.

Jimmy Fallon sidestepped answering a question about the accusations that he created a “toxic” work environment on the “Tonight Show.”
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However, several of the show’s producers came forward to defend the “SNL” alum, describing him as a “supportive” and “collaborative” leader.

“I cannot say enough good things about him, about how he is an empathetic person, how he hears other people’s opinions [and] how he’s open to being flexible,” an unnamed source told The Daily Mail.

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Following the bombshell article, Fallon, 49, apologized to his staff in a Zoom call, according to Rolling Stone.

“I’m so happy to be back I can’t even tell you, I missed the show so much,” he told Page Six.
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When asked to comment on the controversy, he reiterated that he’s glad the show is back after the writer’s strike.
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“It’s embarrassing and I feel so bad,” he rued. “Sorry if I embarrassed you and your family and friends… I feel so bad I can’t even tell you.”

He added that he did not intend to “create that type of atmosphere for the show.”

“I want the show to be fun, [it] should be inclusive to everybody,” Fallon said, per the outlet. “It should be the best show.”

Fallon immediately apologized to his staff following the publication of the Rolling Stone exposé.
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The “SNL” alum’s staff defended him after the accusations came out.
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Meanwhile, the “Fever Pitch” star was in high spirits for the splashy show, which stars Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad.

“I’m excited to see what they’re doing,” he shared. “They’re very talented and very funny and I need a good laugh right now.”

Other celebs at the musical included Nathan Lane, John Mulaney, Olivia Munn, Busy Philipps and Bryan Cranston who brought along his “Breaking Bad” co-star Aaron Paul as his plus one.