Jimmy Fallon just can't bring himself to be mean

As host of The Tonight Show, the former comic wants to entertain viewers without making his guests feel bad or uncomfortable

In one episode of The Tonight Show in January, a petrified Jimmy Fallon (left), together with rapper Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter (far left), had to ride the Toro Verde Zip Line in hurricane-torn Puerto Rico to raise awareness of the island's plight
In one episode of The Tonight Show in January, a petrified Jimmy Fallon (right), together with rapper Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter (left), had to ride the Toro Verde Zip Line in hurricane-torn Puerto Rico to raise awareness of the island's plight and boost tourism.PHOTO: NBC

Is Jimmy Fallon the nicest guy in Hollywood?

With him behind the desk, interviews on The Tonight Show have become warmer, fuzzier and far more upbeat - a relief, no doubt, to the many celebrity guests featured on the long-running talk show, whose careers it can make or break.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 22, 2019, with the headline 'Jimmy Fallon just can't bring himself to be mean'. Print Edition | Subscribe