Jimmy Fallon is apologizing to staff at The Tonight Show after allegations broke claiming the host had created a toxic work environment.
“It’s embarrassing and I feel so bad. Sorry if I embarrassed you and your family and friends. I feel so bad I can’t even tell you," he told staff on a Zoom call, according to Rolling Stone .
Jimmy Fallon Apologizes
The apology came following a Rolling Stone exposé published Thursday in which 16 members of the NBC late show anonymously alleged the host had created a toxic work environment, and their human resources department had continuously failed to respond.
The staff, wishing to remain anonymous "out of fear of retaliation," told the outlet that Fallon often acted "erratic" depending on whether he was a having a "good Jimmy day" or a "bad Jimmy day." They claimed workers frequently faced the brunt of his "outbursts."
"Writing for late night is a lot of people's dream jobs, and they're coming into this and it becomes a nightmare very quickly," one told the magazine.
In a statement, a spokesperson for NBC responded to the allegations, telling Rolling Stone: "We are incredibly proud of The Tonight Show , and providing a respectful working environment is a top priority. As in any workplace, we have had employees raise issues; those have been investigated and action has been taken where appropriate."
"As is always the case, we encourage employees who feel they have experienced or observed behavior inconsistent with our policies to report their concerns so that we may address them accordingly," they added.
Fallon's alleged apology came shortly after the original article in Rolling Stone was published, according to employees, who later told the publication in a separate statement that the message “felt pretty earnest." Fallon reportedly said he did not intend to “create that type of atmosphere for the show.”
“I want the show to be fun, [it] should be inclusive to everybody,” he continued, according to the employees. “It should be the best show.”