Jimmy Fallon has broken his silence about his interview with Donald Trump last September, saying he was “devastated” with all the backlash he faced.
“I’m a people pleaser,” he said in a New York Times interview that was published Wednesday. “If there’s one bad thing on Twitter about me, it will make me upset. So, after this happened, I was devastated. I didn’t mean anything by it. I was just trying to have fun.”
In September, Fallon had Trump as a guest on “The Tonight Show.” In the now infamous interview, the host asked Trump if he could ruffle his hair.
Fallon faced a lot of backlash for playing with Trump’s hair, with many commenting on how Fallon shouldn’t have let Trump off the hook for his racist and sexist comments while on the campaign trail. He was also widely criticized for being too soft on the divisive then-presidential candidate, with many accusing Fallon of “normalizing” Trump. Comedian Billy Eichner, for example, slammed Fallon, saying it wasn’t “a good moment.” Fallon defended the interview, saying, “Have you seen my show? I’m never too hard on anyone. We’ll have Hillary [Clinton] on tomorrow, and we’ll do something fun with her too.”