Following an investigation by Rolling Stone into the office setting at The Tonight Present Starring Jimmy Fallon, the discuss present host and showrunner Chris Miller addressed workers in a Zoom name on Thursday night.
For a report revealed Thursday morning, Rolling Stone spoke with two present and 14 former staffers who mentioned that Fallon’s erratic conduct — and the present’s ever-changing management groups — had fostered an unhealthy work setting. Some workers say their psychological well being was impacted by their alleged experiences and plenty of workers say they made complaints to HR.
Two workers who had been within the assembly say Fallon apologized and he mentioned he didn’t intend to “create that kind of ambiance for the present.”
“It’s embarrassing and I really feel so unhealthy,” the staff say Fallon mentioned. “Sorry if I embarrassed you and your loved ones and mates… I really feel so unhealthy I can’t even let you know.”
In keeping with the staff, who say the message from the discuss present host “felt fairly earnest,” Fallon additionally acknowledged the quantity of turnover The Tonight Present has had in regard to its showrunners. They are saying Fallon emphasised that present showrunner Chris Miller is “an amazing chief” and isn’t going anyplace.
“I need the present to be enjoyable, [it] must be inclusive to all people,” Fallon mentioned, in accordance with the staff. “It must be one of the best present.”
Representatives for Fallon and NBC didn’t instantly return requests for remark. A spokesperson for NBC defended this system in an announcement, saying, “We’re extremely pleased with The Tonight Present, and offering a respectful working setting is a prime precedence,” the spokesperson mentioned. “As in any office, we’ve had workers increase points; these have been investigated and motion has been taken the place acceptable. As is all the time the case, we encourage workers who really feel they’ve skilled or noticed conduct inconsistent with our insurance policies to report their issues in order that we might tackle them accordingly.” (Representatives for Fallon didn’t touch upon the report.)
Over the course of reporting this story, Rolling Stone contacted greater than 80 Tonight Present workers, each previous and current — together with this system’s 9 showrunners since 2014. Whereas a lot of them praised Fallon’s immense expertise and comedic items, not a single one agreed to talk on the report or had constructive issues to say about engaged on The Tonight Present.
One NBC worker who doesn’t work for The Tonight Present responded to Rolling Stone’s request for an interview. They declined to talk on the cellphone, saying they’re unavailable till subsequent week, however of their e-mail they mentioned, “I really like what I do and have been so honored to work with Jimmy since Day 1 of SNL adopted by The Tonight Present! The Tonight Present! What a joyful journey!!”
After the publication of Rolling Stone’s story, an nameless “present worker of the present” advised Individuals journal that Fallon was “super communicative” and “a very, actually constructive man.”
Miller, who didn’t reply to Rolling Stone’s requests for touch upon the unique story in regards to the setting behind the scenes of The Tonight Present, additionally emailed workers on Thursday morning.
“I needed to make you all conscious of a web-based story that simply hit on rollingstone.com that features previous allegations of inappropriate conduct on the present,” Miller wrote within the e-mail.
“Whereas I do know the reporter reached out to a lot of you earlier than the piece ran, I don’t consider what’s written is reflective of the general tradition of our extraordinary staff that I’m so fortunate and proud to work with on daily basis. The place described within the article shouldn’t be the place I do know. Nonetheless, it’s disappointing to see one thing revealed that doesn’t seize the constructive and inclusive setting I consider we’ve created collectively.”
Within the e-mail, Miller additionally inspired workers to lift any issues they may have with him, their managers, or HR.