Jimmy Fallon says people ‘have a right to be mad’ at his friendly hair tousling of Trump

Then-candidate Donald Trump appears on “The Tonight Show” during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon in New York City on September 15, 2016. (Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/Reuters)
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Fallon didn’t take it well.

“After this happened, I was devastated. I didn’t mean anything by it. I was just trying to have fun,” Fallon said, adding he realized at the time, “I just can’t read Twitter. Then I can’t read the news. I can’t read the Internet.” The moment wasn’t out of character for Fallon, who has always trafficked in more apolitical comedy than his contemporaries.

While Fallon was mussing Trump’s hair and tossing softball questions to Hillary Clinton, “Late Night” host Seth Meyers “banned” Trump from appearing on his show and began tearing into the candidate in his “A Closer Look” segments.

“The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert – Fallon’s time slot rival who skewered conservative politicians and pundits alike for years on “The Colbert Report” – has focused his comedic scalpel on Trump.

Perhaps tellingly, shortly after Trump’s inauguration, Colbert’s show boasted higher ratings than Fallon’s for the first time since Colbert’s debut. Since then, “The Late Show” has regularly surpassed “The Tonight Show” in ratings, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Despite the backlash and despite his recent losses in the ratings battle, Fallon said he won’t change his style. “I don’t want to be bullied into not being me, and not doing what I think is funny,” he said. “Just because some people bash me on Twitter, it’s not going to change my humor or my show.”

Fallon isn’t the only entertainer reflecting on his relationship with Trump. At a stand-up set Monday at New York’s Robin Hood gala, Dave Chappelle apologized for asking Americans to “give Trump a chance.”

“I was the first guy on TV to say ‘Give Trump a chance,’” Chappelle said, according to “Morning Joe” co-host Willie Geist, who was in attendance at described Chappelle’s words. “I f – ked up. Sorry.”

The comedian was referring to his monologue from the first episode of “Saturday Night Live” following the election in which Chappelle wished Trump luck and asked that he, as president, keep in mind minorities and people of color.

“I’m wishing Donald Trump luck. And I’m going to give him a chance,” Chappelle said. “And we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one, too.” Source: washingtonpost

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