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Jimmy Fallon Under Assault Because He’s Not in Trump ‘Resistance’

News and television media are circling around late night host Jimmy Fallon, pressing the comedian with demands for more content to get laughs from the Trump “Resistance.”

Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” has surged past Fallon’s “Tonight Show” in terms of ratings, emboldening many to heighten their pressure on the NBC comic. The New York Times is leading the charge.

In a Wednesday story, The Old Gray Lady made it known that it was dissatisfied with the late night host’s apolitical approach to comedy.

“Jimmy Fallon Was on Top of the World. Then Came Trump,” it chided, explicitly connecting the president’s election with his ratings fall. The finger-wagging commenced:

He is weathering the most tumultuous period in his tenure there — a predicament for which he has himself to thank, and one that raises the question of whether the multitalented but apolitical Mr. Fallon can ride out the current era of politicized, choose-your-side entertainment, when he just wants to have a good time.

It ties his descent to an increasing interest in left-wing television and a respectful interview with non-President Trump:

The resurgent interest in left-leaning programming hasn’t helped Mr. Fallon, a former star of “Saturday Night Live” who has built his brand on his all-around entertainer’s skills and down-the-middle tastes. And as Mr. Fallon is well aware, viewers haven’t seen him in quite the same light since an interview he conducted with Mr. Trump in September, which was widely criticized for its fawning, forgiving tone. In a gesture that has come to haunt the host, he concluded the segment by playfully running his fingers through Mr. Trump’s hair.

Fallon explained his apolitical approach to comedy in the past. In 2005, he told Esquire the following:

“There’s always gonna be people not liking that you have any politician on, one side or the other. […]

I’m doing a variety show. I’m doing a talk show—let’s have a conversation. I don’t have one side or the other. My fans know that. I don’t have to cater to anybody. I’m not The Daily Show. We don’t want to be The Daily Show.”

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