Jimmy Fallon has never been a fan of talking about politics.
“It’s just not what I do,” Fallon said in an interview last October, when asked about the pressure to be in the “anti-Trump lane” like so many of his fellow late-night TV hosts. “I don’t really even care that much about politics. I love pop culture more than I love politics.”
Yet as has happened so many times over the past two years, the two collided on Sunday night when President Trump lobbed a tweet at Fallon, criticizing him for his public regrets about the famous “hair tousle” interview.
“@jimmyfallon is now whimpering to all that he did the famous ‘hair show’ with me (where he seriously messed up my hair), & that he would have now done it differently because it is said to have ‘humanized’ me-he is taking heat,” Trump tweeted. “He called & said ‘monster ratings.’ Be a man Jimmy!”
Someone must have showed Trump Fallon’s new interview with the Hollywood Reporter‘s “Awards Chatter” podcast, where he sounded even more upset than usual while discussing the heat he took for his infamous 2016 softball interview with Trump on “The Tonight Show,” where he mussed Trump’s hair. Afterward, many were furious that Fallon helped “normalize” the extremely controversial presidential candidate.
“You go, ‘Alright, we get it. I heard you. You made me feel bad. So now what? Are you happy? I’m depressed. Do you want to push me more? What do you want me to do? You want me to kill myself? What would make you happy? Get over it,’” Fallon said. “I’m sorry. I don’t want to make anyone angry — I never do and I never will. It’s all in the fun of the show. I made a mistake. I’m sorry if I made anyone mad. And looking back, I would do it differently.”
Fallon, who added he “did not do it to ‘normalize’ him or to say I believe in his political beliefs,” tweeted in response to Trump on Sunday: “In honor of the President’s tweet I’ll be making a donation to RAICES in his name,” he wrote, name-checking the Texas organization that offers legal aid to immigrant families.
Recently, Fallon has started to address the political climate, as when he invited transgender comedian Patti Harrison on the show after Trump announced his…