Jimmy Fallon’s interview with Jerry Seinfeld on The Tonight Show turned reportedly uncomfortable when the latter made the talk show host apologize to one of his staff members after he had behaved badly with the worker.
Two of the employees who worked at the talk show told The Rolling Stone in a bombshell report that Fallon scolded the crew member who was in charge of his cue cards while he was in the middle of a taping an interview with Seinfeld. Needless to say, it turned into an uncomfortable moment for both the host as well as those around him.
When things got out of hand, Seinfeld told Fallon to apologize to the cue card production member. Fallon then allegedly did. The controversial incident did not make it into the final edit of the episode which appeared on television.
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“It was very awkward, and Jerry was like, ‘You should apologize to him,’ almost trying to make it a joke,” one said. “It was one of the strangest moments ever and so many people were there, so it’s kind of hard to forget.”
Talking about the allegedly toxic work environments on the sets of The Tonight show, former employees who spoke on the record, said that they never knew if they were going to get a “good Jimmy” or “bad Jimmy” day. “Mentally, I was in the lowest place of my life,” one former staffer said. “I didn’t want to live anymore. I thought about taking my own life all the time. I knew deep down I would never actually do it, but in my head, I’m like, ‘Why do I think about this all the time?’”
On “bad Jimmy days” he could be “dismissive,” “irritable,” and “erratic,” the former staffers said. “It was like, if Jimmy is in a bad mood, everyone’s day is f**ked,” another former employee said. “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.”