Jimmy Fallon on Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Visiting the 'Late Show': 'I Make Fun of Everyone -- That's My Job'
Campaigning for the 2016 presidential election is in full swing and the candidates have taken full advantage of one of the prime campaigning spots: late-night television. Specifically, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Fallon, who covers Billboard's new TV & Music issue, has already hosted the likes of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and says he plays fair regardless of who comes to his show.
“I make fun of everyone. That’s my job,” Fallon tells Billboard. “When it comes to the show, I don’t have a dog in the fight. If they want to come on, my job is to make them look good, no matter who it is.”
The late-night rock star has done skits with both Trump and Clinton (even dressing up as Trump during a skit to "interview" Hillary and danced to OMI's "Cheerleader" with the Democratic candidate -- see below).
When it comes to the Trump-mania, Fallon finds it interesting how the narrative around the Republican candidate has evolved.
“We should be paying him,” Fallon says. “But it’s interesting. He was a punchline six months ago, but something has happened -- the audience has shifted. They don’t laugh at him like that anymore, so we have to find a different way for them to laugh at him. It’s like, six months ago a joke about Hillary [Clinton] moving furniture into the Oval Office would have been a slam-dunk. Now they’re not too sure -- it’s not guaranteed that she’s going to the White House anymore. It’s interesting how jokes shift.”
To read the full Billboard cover story featuring Jimmy Fallon, click here.