Kirsters Baish| Back in September of 2016, just a couple of months before the presidential election, Donald Trump made an appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show.” While on the show, Fallon asked then-candidate Trump if he could “mess up his hair.” Trump humored Fallon and allowed him to “mess up his hair.” The audience loved it, and the ratings were fantastic.
Fallon is now saying that he regrets having shared the humorous moment with Trump, because it “normalized” the man that the left had grown to despise. Trump had a few words for two-faced Jimmy Fallon.
The Hollywood Reporter wrote that after the fact, Fallon had stated, “I did not do it to ‘normalize’ him or to say I believe in his political beliefs or any of that stuff.” The article goes on to explain that during the “Awards Chatter” podcast, the topic of the September 15, 2016 episode of “The Tonight Show” came up.
The Hollywood Reporter reads:
That evening, with late night’s most iconic program sitting atop the 11:30 p.m. ratings, Fallon welcomed as his guest Donald Trump, whom Fallon had previously interviewed seven times on his first NBC late-night show, Late Night, during the Apprentice era, and then taped a sketch with a year before on The Tonight Show, when Trump was a long-shot candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Now, though, Trump was the nominee — albeit one given no real chance of defeating Hillary Clinton — and Fallon, as jovial an on-screen presence as anyone who has ever held a late-night job, tossed him some softball questions and then asked for — and was granted — permission to “mess up” Trump’s hair, which long had been the subject of speculation and derision.
The Hollywood Reporter called the humor on air with Donald Trump “the biggest mistake of Fallon’s career.” Fallon took heat on social media, because his followers felt that Trump was a threat to America, and Fallon was “normalizing” him on the show. Fallon recalled back, “It just got bigger and out of control.” Fallon’s own colleagues started to come after him for the show. He explained, “I saw other comedians from other shows making fun of me on Twitter and I go, ‘Okay, now I’m just gonna get off.'”
Take a look at the video of the September 2016 show:
On Sunday, President Donald Trump let Fallon know just how he felt about his comments on the show.
President Trump wrote on Twitter, “[email protected] 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. He called & said ‘monster ratings.’ Be a man Jimmy!”
.@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. He called & said “monster ratings.” Be a man Jimmy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018