Monday 23 July 2018

Donald Trump tells Jimmy Fallon to ‘be a man’ over Tonight Show controversy

Fallon was criticised for ruffling the then-candidate’s hair during a 2016 Tonight Show appearance.

In this image released by NBC, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appears with host Jimmy Fallon during a taping of
In this image released by NBC, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appears with host Jimmy Fallon during a taping of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in New York. (Andrew Lipovsky/NBC via AP)
Donald Trump has told Jimmy Fallon to ‘be a man’ in response to comments made about his 2016 appearance on the Tonight Show (Matt Cardy/PA)

By Keiran Southern, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Donald Trump has told American TV host Jimmy Fallon to “be a man” after the comedian revealed he regrets his handling of a guest appearance on his show by the then-presidential candidate in 2016.

Fallon told the Hollywood Reporter he was “devastated” by the “gang mentality” of critics of his Tonight Show interview with Mr Trump, when he playfully petted the politician’s hair.

Following the incident, Fallon’s NBC show lost more than a fifth of its audience and he has now admitted he made a “mistake” in his handling of Mr Trump.

But this has triggered a response from the president, who on Sunday told Fallon to “be a man”.

He tweeted: “@jimmyfallon is now whimpering to all that he did the famous ‘hair show’ with me (where he seriously messed up my hair), & that he would have now done it differently because it is said to have “humanized” me-he is taking heat. He called & said “monster ratings.” Be a man Jimmy!”

During the interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Fallon told how the September 2016 interview affected him.

He said of his critics: “Do you want to push me more? What do you want me to do? You want me to kill myself? What would make you happy? Get over it.”

Press Association

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