Jimmy Fallon used to be the king of late night television. Then, he interviewed Donald Trump.
After receiving intense backlash for "humanizing" Trump by interviewing him in September, Fallon's ratings began to fall. And now, the 42-year-old talk show host regrets interviewing the President more than ever.
“They have a right to be mad,” Fallon told the New York Times. “If I let anyone down, it hurt my feelings that they didn’t like it. I got it.”
When Fallon's competitors were interviewing political figures, they made sure the questions were thought-provoking and sometimes even harsh. Fallon's interview with Trump, however, was childish and playful. Instead of asking him about the hard-hitting issues, he asked him why kids should be aspire to be President and if he could mess up his hair. If you were an outsider, you'd think they were the best of friends.
“I didn’t do it to humanize him,” Fallon continued. “I almost did it to minimize him. I didn’t think that would be a compliment: ‘He did the thing that we all wanted to do.’”
Describing himself as a "people-pleaser," the talk show host insists he didn't mean any harm by the infamous interview. “If there’s one bad thing on Twitter about me, it will make me upset," he said. "So, after this happened, I was devastated. I didn’t mean anything by it. I was just trying to have fun.”
Do you think Jimmy was right to interview Trump in such a soft interview? Should he have interviewed him at all? Let us know what you think!