The rumblings have been growing for a while now but, apparently, they have become loud enough that NBC felt that the situation needed to be addressed. Jimmy Fallon took over Jay Leno’s role on The Tonight Show and, since then, he has been dogged by rumors that he has a drinking problem.
Injuries and Reported Binge Drinking
There is evidence to support why some people may have grown concerned. Along with the reports (and multiple images shared on Twitter) of him regularly binge drinking and even narrowly escaping a bar brawl in New York City back in 2014, he began to seem a little clumsy.
Despite having been in the public eye for years, suddenly, Fallon has become very accident-prone. First, he ended up needing emergency surgery after he, reportedly, tripped on a braided rug in his apartment. He attempted to break his fall by grabbing onto a counter but his wedding ring got snagged and dislocated his finger. The procedure took six hours to complete and he was in the ICU for 10 long days! A couple months later, he chipped his tooth which, he claims, happened while he was trying to open a tube of scar tissue repair gel.
Not long after all of that happened, Fallon was honored by Harvard University’s humor magazine, Harvard Lampoon. While attending the festivities in Cambridge, the talk show host was injured yet again. A video posted by a fan on Instagram, shows the funnyman holding a bottle of Jaegermeister as he trips over another attendee.
After seeking medical attention at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Fallon reassured fans that he was just fine. It’s worth noting, however, that he was spotted just hours earlier drinking Scorpion Bowls at the Hong Kong Restaurant in Harvard Square with some students.
NBC Denies Problem
Now that Fallon has become steady tabloid fodder, NBC Entertainment chief, Bob Greenblatt, told reporters that the host “doesn’t have a drinking problem that any of us know about.” He continued: “He goes out and has fun. He’s had some accidents. Aside from that, he’s in better shape than he’s ever been.”
Greenblatt did acknowledge that the network is aware of and has discussed the matter. He said: “We are always worried about his safety and health. 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.”
Hopefully, they have taken the situation seriously but it doesn’t seem likely when, during that same press junket, Greenblatt admitted that he’d never told Fallon to be more careful. It doesn’t seem like the problem has been addressed or vetted in a direct manner.
Jimmy Fallon’s contract to host The Tonight Show was recently extended through 2021.