On her TBS show “Full Frontal” this Monday, host Samantha Bee slammed NBC and late night host Jimmy Fallon for giving Donald Trump a platform on The Tonight Show.
“Network execs, and a lot of their audience, can ignore how very dangerous Trump is because to them, he isn’t,” Bee said. “They’re not going to be deported. They’re not going to live under a president who thinks of them as a collection of sex toys.”
“They’re not racist,” she said of Fallon and NBC execs. “They just don’t mind if other people are, which is just as bad.”
NBC isn’t commenting on the controversy, and Fallon only gave a brief comment to TMZ, saying, “Have you seen my show? I’m never too hard on anyone.”
Either way, Fallon has taken tons of hits in the wake of his Trump segment, and Bee probably delivered the hardest yet.
Referring to Fallon’s playful demeanor with Trump, Bee said sarcastically, “Aw, Trump can be a total sweetheart with someone who has no reason to be terrified of him.”
According to the New York Times, Full Frontal’s executive producer Jo Miller said seeing Fallon cozying up to a racist “was a punch in the gut.”
“If he thinks that a race-baiting demagogue is O.K., that gives permission to millions of Americans to also think that.”
From the New York Times:
It’s another to criticize a network or Mr. Fallon, who is typically not held up to such scrutiny, partly because of his amiable on-air personality and the perception that his “Tonight Show” (which draws more than three million viewers a night, the most in its category) is a place for nonpartisan diversions. He and rival hosts like Mr. Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel try to avoid criticizing one another in public.
Watch the Full Frontal segment in the video below: