Jimmy Fallon’s bosses don’t have a problem with their late-night star’s penchant for partying.
NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt attempted to dispute tabloid reports about The Tonight Show host by telling reporters Wednesday that Fallon “doesn’t have a drinking problem that any of us know about.”
“He goes out and has fun. He’s had some accidents,” said Greenblatt, who chatted with reporters after his annual press conference at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena on Wednesday. “Aside from that, he’s in better shape than he’s ever been.”
Greenblatt did add, however, that Fallon’s health is always of great concern to NBC.
“We are always worried about his safety and health,” he said of Fallon, whose Tonight Show contract was recently extended through 2021. “There’s been conversations about that. The stories are exaggerated about all of it. I don’t know to what extent. I haven’t been part of it. I don’t have those conversations with Jimmy Fallon.”
Fallon’s off-camera antics have been fodder for tabloids – especially after an injury to his finger sidelined him for two weeks last June. Two months later, he chipped a tooth. After that, the jovial star injured his other hand in October when he tripped at a Harvard Lampoon event.
And then, there was the widely reported bar brawl in New York in 2014.
When asked by EW about Fallon’s foibles in November, NBC released the following statement: “Jimmy Fallon is a highly valued member of the NBC family. His dedication in putting on a great show each and every night is unparalleled. We are proud of his accomplishments on and off camera and look forward to working with him for many years to come.”
On Wednesday, Greenblatt was also asked if he’s ever told Fallon to be more careful. Greenblatt’s reply was, “I have not, no.”
With reporting from Natalie Abrams