Jimmy Fallon says he finds a lot of stories involving President Trump “too serious” to make jokes about.
”I’ll always make jokes about the president,” Fallon, host of NBC’s “Tonight Show,” said in a preview clip released Friday for Sunday’s “Today” show.
“But with Trump, it’s just like every day’s a new thing. He gives a lot of material. A lot of stuff is hard to even make a joke about,” Fallon, 43, told Willie Geist. “It’s just too serious.”
While some of Fallon’s late-night competitors, such as CBS “Late Show” host Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertFox's Bret Baier: Jan. 6 was a 'dark day' for US 'similar to what we saw in 1876' Fox's Gutfeld mocks late night hosts for planned 'climate night' Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central unveil two new animated political satires MORE and ABC’s Jimmy KimmelJames (Jimmy) Christian KimmelOvernight Health Care — Presented by The National Council for Mental Wellbeing — FDA panel advises Moderna booster shot for high-risk people Lady Gaga, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Julia Louis-Dreyfus among stars calling on entertainment CEOs to back action on climate change Fox's Gutfeld mocks late night hosts for planned 'climate night' MORE, have seen their ratings surge in recent months as their punchlines have turned increasingly political, Fallon explained why he’s shied away from doing similar material.
“It’s just not what I do. I think it would be weird for me to start doing it now,” the “Saturday Night Live” alum said. “I don’t really even care that much about politics — I gotta be honest. I love pop culture more than I love politics. I’m just not that brain.”
Asked if he’s felt pressure to join the “anti-Trump” late-night bandwagon, Fallon — who took heat in 2016 for what critics dubbed a “softball” interview with Trump in which he tousled the then-GOP presidential nominee’s famed hair — replied, “I think the other guys are doing it very well. Colbert’s doing great. I mean, that’s what he’s good at.”
“I think when it’s organic I’ll dip into it as well,” Fallon said.