There was a time when you could turn on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and only see some softballs being lobbied in regards to all politics. (We all remember the Donald Trump hair incident, right??). It wasn’t a political show, because it wasn’t originally intended to be. At least with the Fallon incarnations that is.
However, after being called out more and more over the years about taking the political aspect of things too lightly, Fallon began to cover the Trump administration slightly more head-on. (Although nowhere near as head-on as Kimmel, Colbert, or evening Seth Meyers that follows him). The punches may not have been as harsh as some of the others, but the references to the political landscape became somewhat more prominent.
Nevertheless, there was enough there that has caused his head writer, Rebecca Drysdale, to leave the show. In a post on her Facebook page, first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, she made it very clear as to why she was leaving. She wanted to completely cleanse Donald Trump out of both her personal life as well as her creative one.
Drysdale wrote, “The project of project of making fun of Trump, or doing material about Trump, has led to divided creative teams, anxiety, tears and pain. I can’t decide the outcome of this election, but I can make the choice for myself, to vote him out of my creative life.”
She would go onto add, “I believe that comedy is a powerful tool. I believe that it can handle anything, no matter how unfunny. I don’t believe that making fun of this man, doing impressions of him, or making him silly, is a good use of that power. It only adds to his.”
Drysdale first took over the job as head writer from the departing Nedaa Sweiss. Prior to this, she had been a writer on Key and Peele and Baskets. Sweiss will now be coming back, at least for now, as a co-head writer along with newly promoted Jamie Granet-Bederman.
“They made it clear that I was not a good fit for the show, and I did not disagree,” she said about her departure. “I wish it had gone differently and I had been able to be what they needed but that is not how it shook out.”