With the bad week that Jimmy Fallon had, some are asking, is Fallon out, and Conan IN? Although it would seem that the Brookline native, is happy with his multi-million dollar Sirius XM podcast deal, one would wonder: would the TV icon return to late night TV?
Is Fallon Being Canceled?
First, it was Ellen. Now, reports broke last week about the toxic work environment on The Tonight Show. According to an explosive bombshell report from Rolling Stone, several former and current Tonight staffers, 14, to be exact are complaining about abusive treatment, starting at the very top, with Fallon himself. The report shares eye witness accounts from actual staffers of Fallon’s erratic behavior, even in front of rehearsal studio audiences. They share incidents of Bad Jimmy Days, and Good Jimmy Days, on the set. The report also says that unused guest dressing rooms are now called crying rooms, for staffers to hide away and compose themselves after the alleged abuse from Fallon and showrunner Chris Miller.
People reports that soon after the Rolling Stone story broke, Fallon and Miller hit Zoom to address the accusations and apologize:
“It’s embarrassing and I feel so bad,” they recalled the television personality stating during the meeting. “Sorry if I embarrassed you and your family and friends… I feel so bad I can’t even tell you.”
But not ALL staffers are on the attack. Some current staffers came to Fallon’s defense saying his treatment of them was fine. NBC told Rolling Stone that the allegations have been addressed, and changes have been made to continue to provide a respectful work environment.
What About Conan?
Last week Newsweek came out with a report saying that Conan O’Brien’s name is surfacing on social media to replace Jimmy Fallon. Based on these allegations, many online have backed the former Late Night with Conan O’Brien star. They called for him to return to the desk on the chat show. It is currently off the air due to the ongoing industrial action in Hollywood amid the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes.
Part of the Conan social media buzz was kicked off by this past Conan clip from 2008 after actor That 70’s Show actor Danny was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for two rapes. In this clip Conan alleges that Danny has problems. Launched in 2020, it is reported that Conan’s Sirius XM podcast is on fire, with record breaking downloads.
Well, is Fallon out and Conan IN? It seems at this time, NBC is sticking with Fallon. Stay tuned.