Becky Drysdale, the head writer of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon of NBC, has recently said that she is leaving the late-night show because she is fed up with doing material involving the president of the United States, Donald Trump. The exit by a veteran comedian who has written for Key & Peele and even starred in Arrested Development was revealed in a private Facebook post she wrote, which was obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.
According to the reports, Drysdale said that she is making the decision for herself to never work on, write, or be involved with another Donald Trump sketch ever again. She said that she has landed in several situations and jobs over the last few years, not just The Tonight Show, where the project of making fun of Donald or doing material about him has led to divided creative teams, tears, anxiety, and pain.
She can not decide the outcome of his election, but she can make a choice for herself, to vote him out of her creative life. Drysdale joined The Tonight Show in the month of April when Fallon was recording the show from home. She said in her post on Facebook that her decision to exit the show was mutual.
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She wrote that they made it clear that she was not a good fit for the show, and she did not disagree, and she wishes it had gone differently, and she had been able to be what they needed, but that is not how it shook out.
Critics of Trump had criticized NBC for the way it’s covered Trump in the past all the way back when he was running for office four years ago and was invited to be a host on “Saturday Night Live.”
Fallon also caught heat back in 2016 when he had Trump on the show and did a generally lighthearted interview with the candidate. The interview today is best known for the moment Fallon tussled Trump’s hair.
In a 2018 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Fallon, looking back on the interview, said he would do it differently.
Since then, Fallon has been more critical of the president, but Drysdale clearly believes Fallon’s show wasn’t a good fit for the way she wants to do comedy. She believes that comedy is a powerful tool, and it can handle anything, no matter how unfunny.