The Tonight Show staff slam claims working for Jimmy Fallon is 'toxic'

EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show staff speak out to DEFEND him against bombshell ‘toxic workplace’ claims – insisting host goes ‘above and beyond’ to make them feel like ‘family’ with handwritten birthday cards and even special trivia nights

  • Producers at the NBC talk show have rubbished toxic environment claims 
  • They say Fallon goes above and beyond for staff  – even organizing trivia nights 
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Current staff members at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon have slammed bombshell reports of a toxic workplace, insisting the presenter goes ‘above and beyond’ to ensure his staff feel like a ‘family’ – and even organizes trivia nights and sends handwritten birthday messages. 

On Thursday, Rolling Stone published an article alleging concerns by 14 former employees, as well as two current workers, about Fallon’s supposed ‘erratic’ workplace conduct and interactions with other bosses. 

They claimed the host’s inconsistent behavior, which has included ‘outbursts’ toward workers, was the starting point for a ‘pretty glum atmosphere’, with some alleging it triggered suicidal thoughts.

While Fallon reportedly issued an ‘earnest’ apology to his staff, telling them he feels ‘so bad’ and ’embarrassed’ about the scandal, has heard from four current employees  – who wish to remain anonymous – who have insisted the allegations are not a true reflection of his character or their workplace. 

Staff at The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon have slammed a report which alleged the host had created a toxic work environment

Producers at the NBC show insist that Fallon goes out of his way to make the staff and crew ‘feel like a family’

The employees – whom has verified as currently working on the show – claim Fallon has been encouraging of staff and their careers, flexible with ideas and even sends ‘handwritten notes for birthdays’.

One producer, who has been on the show for over two years, described the environment as ‘supportive, collaborative, and everybody’s happy’ and that Fallon goes above and beyond to make sure crew and celebrity guests are comfortable.

‘From the day I walked in, I felt as if everybody was very energized and excited about creating a very positive workplace, especially Jimmy, and I work closely with him,’ they said.

‘I’m with him on a daily basis. I have delivered bad news to him. I have disagreed with him about some things that he has wanted to do. I cannot say enough good things about him, about how he is an empathetic person, how he hears other people’s opinions, how he’s open to being flexible.’

While the staff member conceded that Fallon will ‘stick to his guns’ on occasion, they went on to note that he always shows ‘respect’ to anyone with a different opinion.  

‘I have seen him change his mind. I have seen him stick to his guns but respect to other people who disagree with him.

‘The Jimmy that I have seen, walks the halls and talks to everybody. He has never belittled anyone. I’ve never seen him snap at anyone. The celebrities come and he’s nice to everybody. He knows every crew member.’

Turning their attention to the working environment at The Tonight Show, they continued: ‘Everybody’s talking all the time about how happy they are.

‘Everybody’s smiling, everybody’s laughing. The teams are well-oiled machines, we all communicate well with one another.’

A second producer said that Fallon repeatedly goes out of his way to make the staff and crew ‘feel like a family’ and the 30 Rock offices ‘feel more like a home than a workplace’.

Rolling Stone published an article alleging concerns by former employees and two current workers about Fallon’s ‘erratic’ workplace conduct

Staff on the show have insisted that they have a happy work environment. ‘Everybody’s smiling, everybody’s laughing. The teams are well oiled machines, we all communicate well with one another.’ 

One employee revealed that Fallon, pictured with Zoey Deutch in 2022, organizes trivia nights and talent shows for staff

They also said that the host gives out high-fives in the hallways and writes handwritten notes for life milestones 

One employee told that Fallon has ‘never belittled anyone’ during their tenure on the show

Another producer told us that Fallon encouraged their growth and given them ‘incredible opportunities’

‘He arranges social events for all of us like trivia nights, speed bowling, and staff talent shows,’ they said.

‘I’ve received his high-fives in the hallways and his handwritten notes for birthdays, life milestones and a job well done.’

Another producer, who has worked on The Tonight Show for 14 years and has risen up the ranks, echoed the sentiment that the crew are more of a ‘family’ than colleagues. 

‘It’s been a community and a family that I feel lucky to have gotten to grow up in and I’ve felt nothing but support from the people around me – from Jimmy to other producers to all of my colleagues at the show,’ they said.

They added that they have worked directly with Jimmy throughout their career on the show as well as on his other projects, revealing that Fallon has ‘encouraged my growth’ and ‘given me incredible opportunities’.

A fourth producer told that they had been working at The Tonight Show for almost three years.

‘I have had a very positive experience not only with Jimmy, but also current and former leadership, as well as the staff and crew as a whole,’ they said, claiming that their colleagues would agree with this statement.

Fallon spotted on Thursday for the first time since news broke of allegations he created a toxic workplace at The Tonight Show

The talk show host reportedly apologized to his staff via Zoom and said he feels ‘so bad’

According to reports, Fallon got on a Zoom call with his staff on Thursday evening to apologize to them directly.

‘It’s embarrassing and I feel so bad,’ he is alleged to have said. ‘Sorry if I embarrassed you and your family and friends… I feel so bad I can’t even tell you.’

He reportedly continued: ‘I want the show to be fun, [it] should be inclusive to everybody. It should be the best show.’

Fallon’s apology came after Rolling Stone published an article claiming that his ‘hissy-fits’ forced former staff to sob in ‘crying rooms’, made their hair fall out, and triggered suicidal thoughts.

They claimed Fallon’s inconsistent behavior, which has included ‘outbursts’ toward workers, was the starting point for a ‘pretty glum atmosphere’.

While the talk-show host is known for his hilarious anecdotes on the screen with a range of games, challenges and trivia garnering millions of weekly views online, the staff claimed Fallon has unexpected mood swings.

‘It was like, if Jimmy is in a bad mood, everyone’s day is f**ked,’ one former employee told the publication.

‘People wouldn’t joke around in the office, and they wouldn’t stand around and talk to each other. It was very much like, focus on whatever it is that you have to do because Jimmy’s in a bad mood, and if he sees that, he might fly off.’

Fallon has hosted the Tonight Show since 2014, with the show recently renewed until 2026 

The program is currently on hold due to the ongoing writers’ strike

While The Tonight Show, which is produced by Universal Television, Broadway Video and Electric Hot Dog – Fallon’s production company, is currently on hold due to the writers’ strike, it was renewed by NBC until 2026.

In a statement to Rolling Stone, an NBC spokesperson said The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon is no different to anywhere else.

‘We are incredibly proud of The Tonight Show, and providing a respectful working environment is a top priority,’ the spokesperson said.

‘As in any workplace, we have had employees raise issues; those have been investigated and action has been taken where appropriate.

‘As is always the case, we encourage employees who feel they have experienced or observed behavior inconsistent with our policies to report their concerns so that we may address them accordingly.’

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon premiered on February 17, 2014 and is the seventh incarnation of NBC’s long-running Tonight Show franchise, with Fallon serving as the sixth host.

The program airs weeknights and opens with the host’s monologue before transitioning into comedic sketches/games, concluding with guest interviews and a musical performance.

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