Current and former Tonight Show staffers have accused host Jimmy Fallon of troubling conduct behind the scenes. In a new report, employees allege Fallon exhibited “erratic behavior” in a “toxic” work environment.
Some claimed Fallon seemed intoxicated at times and that his mood swings impacted the workplace. They described an atmosphere of fear and intimidation under certain bosses.
However, the show contends the climate has shifted over time. New leadership was brought in last year to improve morale.
Sources say Fallon is now highly engaged with staff. The influx of fresh personnel has made positive changes.
Still, anonymous employees recalled tense days depending on Fallon’s state. They felt like mistakes could cost them their jobs with little room for error.
NBC defended the show’s culture but didn’t address Fallon specifically. The network takes staff concerns seriously, it said. Action is taken when appropriate.
Rumors of Fallon’s drinking have circulated before. But he’s rejected them, saying his schedule prohibits nightly intoxication.
The accusations are concerning if valid. But Tonight Show veterans say its environment has improved lately. While Fallon’s conduct raises questions, the show seems to be steering in a better direction.