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Jimmy Fallon Felt Need To Share “Heartfelt Message” About Charlottesville, Says Insider

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Jimmy Fallon felt he needed to abandon his usual jokes and share a “heartfelt message” about Charlottesville during Monday night’s monologue on the “Tonight Show,” an insider reveals to Gossip Cop. We’re told it was really Fallon himself who “was at the forefront of writing this.” Our source tells us it “was a heartfelt message he wanted to share,” and that the show’s other writers only helped “fine-tune it.”

For the most part, Fallon mocks Donald Trump on a nightly basis with topical jokes about the president’s comments or actions. But in the wake of the violence, hate and bigotry in Charlottesville over the weekend and Trump’s initial reluctance to condemn the white supremacists and neo-Nazis behind it all, the late-night comedian delivered a serious and emotional monologue, punctuated with references to the world his young daughters are growing up in.

Fallon began, “Even though ‘The Tonight Show’ isn’t a political show, it’s my responsibility to stand up against intolerance and extremism as a human being.” He continued, “What happened over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, was just disgusting. I was watching the news like everyone else, and you’re seeing Nazi flags and torches and white supremacists, and I was sick to my stomach.”

The host noted that his 4-year-old and 2-year-old daughters were “in the next room playing, and I’m thinking, ‘How can I explain to them that there is so much hatred in this world?’ They don’t know what hate is. They go to the playground, and they have friends of all races and backgrounds… They just play, and they laugh and they have fun.” “But as kids grow up,” he said growing more emotional, “they need people to look up to to show them what’s right and good,” including teachers, parents, and “leaders who appeal to the best in us.”

Fallon then became a bit angrier while stating, “The fact that it took the president two days to come out and clearly denounce racists and white supremacists is shameful.” “I think he finally spoke out because people everywhere stood up and said something. It’s important for everyone, especially white people in this country, to speak out against this. Ignoring it is just as bad as supporting it,” said the host.

He went on, “Remember there are people who given their lives to makes sure this kind of hate doesn’t spread. They have fought and died on the right side of history.” Fallon then spoke about Heather Heyer, who was killed when a white supremacist drove his car into a crowd of demonstrators on Saturday. He said the 32-year-old “died for standing up for what’s right.”

Going back to his daughters, Fallon felt he couldn’t look at these two growing girls and “say nothing when this kind of thing has happened.” “We all need to stand against what is wrong, acknowledge that racism exists, and stand up for all that is right, and civil, and kind,” expressed the TV host. He concluded that we need to “show the next generation that we haven’t forgotten how hard people have fought for human rights. We cannot do this. We can’t go backward.”

As Gossip Cop reported, seven weeks before Trump was elected, Fallon faced tremendous backlash for having the presidential nominee on the show and not taking him to task for some of the offensive comments he made and opinions he expressed during the campaign. Instead, Fallon playfully tousled Trump’s hair to prove it wasn’t a wig. Among the comments made on Twitter shortly afterwards was one that expressed, “When you are neutral in the presence of racism and bigotry, you are part of the problem Jimmy Fallon.” Watch Fallon’s heartfelt message during his monologue on Monday’s “Tonight Show.”

 


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