Jimmy Fallon’s bosses seem to be turning the other way when it comes to his penchant for boozing and getting himself into trouble. Tabloids have been reporting about The Tonight Show host’s boozing for a while, without much response. Finally, NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt told reporters yesterday that Fallon “doesn’t have a drinking problem that any of us know about.”
Um, that’s not very convincing.
“He goes out and has fun. He’s had some accidents,” said Greenblatt, who chatted with reporters after his annual press conference at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena on Wednesday. “Aside from that, he’s in better shape than he’s ever been.”
Greenblatt did say that they do give a s*it about his health, I guess…
“We are always worried about his safety and health,” he said of Fallon, whose Tonight Show contract was recently extended through 2021. “There’s been conversations about that. The stories are exaggerated about all of it. I don’t know to what extent. I haven’t been part of it. I don’t have those conversations with Jimmy Fallon.”
Fallon’s off-camera antics have put his drinking in the limelight, especially after a weird an injury to his finger and a chipped tooth, and After that, another hand injury in October when he tripped at a Harvard Lampoon event. Oh, and we didn’t forget that bar fight back in 2014, EITHER.
When asked by EW about Fallon’s foibles in November, NBC released the following statement: “Jimmy Fallon is a highly valued member of the NBC family. His dedication in putting on a great show each and every night is unparalleled. We are proud of his accomplishments on and off camera and look forward to working with him for many years to come.”
On Wednesday, Greenblatt was also asked if he’s ever told Fallon to be more careful. Greenblatt’s reply was, “I have not, no.”
Sounds to me like NBC execs are turning the other way. Which is sad, considering the dude is really injuring himself and putting his general health in jeopardy.
Do you think Jimmy Fallon has a drinking problem?