Contrary to circulating rumours, NBC appears steadfast in retaining Jimmy Fallon as the face of The Tonight Show. Recent whispers suggesting Fallon’s departure due to bullying allegations are being refuted.
A Rolling Stone expose recently thrust Fallon into the spotlight with allegations of a toxic workplace culture. In it, 16 individuals, including current and former staff, claimed that Fallon exhibited verbal aggression. The accusations extended to him perpetuating an unsavoury atmosphere, marked by unsuitable humor and pressuring others to follow suit. While Fallon has rebuffed these charges, he has expressed remorse to his team.
Who’s Next in Line?
Despite NBC’s current stance, the rumour mill churns with names of potential successors for Fallon, most notably the accomplished Tina Fey from Saturday Night Live.
Fey’s impressive tenure from 1997 to 2006 on SNL, coupled with her groundbreaking NBC sitcom “30 Rock” (2006-2013) where she played a pivotal role, marks her as a strong contender. Her accolades, ranging from seven Primetime Emmy Awards to being twice listed on Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, speak to her influence in entertainment.
Moreover, Fey’s signature blend of sharp humour, compelling character creation, and advocacy for women in the entertainment sector cement her as a commendable choice if ever there’s a need for change.