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Jimmy Fallon Wasn’t Trying To Humanize Donald Trump In Last Year’s Interview

May 18, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee

In an interview with The New York Times, Jimmy Fallon commented on the backlash he received for the interview he had with then-presidential candidate (now President) Donald Trump last year. Here are highlights:

On the complaints about his interview: “They have a right to be mad. If I let anyone down, it hurt my feelings that they didn’t like it. I got it.”

On tussling Trump’s hair: “I didn’t do it to humanize him. 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.’”

On how he felt after the backlash: “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.”

On late night television’s move to a more partisan approach: “I don’t want to be bullied into not being me, and not doing what I think is funny. Just because some people bash me on Twitter, it’s not going to change my humor or my show.”

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