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Jimmy Fallon Offers Up Weak Excuse For Chummy Interview With Trump

“Have you seen my show?”

20/09/2016 5:39 AM AEST | Updated September 20, 2016 23:12

People were justifiably infuriated last week over Jimmy Fallon’s non-confrontational puff piece of an interview with Donald Trump.

After dishing out easy questions for The Donald and laughing at everything the racist/misogynist/xenophobe said, Fallon’s worst moment became his most-talked-about when he ruffled Trump’s hair. TMZ cameras found the late-night host after the Emmys Sunday night and asked him about that particularly nauseating moment. 

Fallon called Trump a “good sport” for participating in the bit and that he asked the candidate’s permission before the segment because he’s not “one of those ‘Gotcha!’ people.” 

As for the texture of his hair, the former “SNL” star said that Trump’s hair felt like “an Easter basket, that grass that you have in an Easter basket that just keeps coming out and it’s kind of a fascinating texture. It wasn’t that bizarre.” 

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on Sep. 15, 2016

Things got a little less funny when the TMZ cameraperson asked the comedian about accusations that he went “too soft” on Trump. In typical Fallon fashion, he attempted to smooth things over with a tired cover-up. 

“Have you seen my show?” Fallon mumbled with a slight smile. “I’m never too hard on anyone, yeah.” 

The 42-year-old then refused to comment on which candidate was “best for New York” and played it totally neutral. 

“Get out there and vote. Everyone just vote, vote, vote,” Fallon said. “Vote, vote, vote. Register, vote vote vote.” 

Perhaps, instead of trying to go for ratings gold, Fallon should’ve considered banning Trump from his show, like Seth Meyers has instituted, or asking Trump tougher questions, like David Letterman has in the past

Tune in to “The Tonight Show” Monday to see how Fallon handles Democratic candidate for president Hillary Clinton. 

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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