Jimmy Fallon is not having a "meltdown" over Stephen Colbert beating him in the ratings, despite a made-up tabloid report. Gossip Cop can debunk the nonexistent drama. There's simply no truth to it.

It was reported last month that Colbert's "Late Show" defeated Fallon's "Tonight Show" for the first time in the key demo of viewers 18 to 49. According to Star, Fallon is in a major panic over the situation and fears losing his talk show.

An alleged insider tells the magazine that the former "Saturday Night Live" star was already under a ton of stress, but now the possibility of getting fired "could throw him over the edge." The supposed source adds, "Jimmy's floundering as he tries to brainstorm his way out of this hole and turn things around. But Stephen's really got him on the run."

The outlet's story is based on claims from an anonymous and possibly fictitious "source," but Fallon's own spokesperson is going on the record to dismiss it as nonsense. NBC, the network behind "The Tonight Show," also insists that the tabloid's report is false. Although it's reasonable to believe the talk show host isn't thrilled about his ratings defeat, the idea that he's headed for some sort of breakdown simply isn't true. Gossip Cop can also confirm that Fallon isn't in danger of losing his hosting gig.

Earlier this month, Gossip Cop busted a similar story from Star's sister outlet, RadarOnline, which wrongly reported that Fallon was afraid of losing "The Tonight Show" over his ratings. The blog also maintained that the talk show host was "falling into a deep depression" over the situation. Fallon's personal rep and an NBC spokesperson denied that story as well.

It's worth noting, "The Tonight Show" has a life of its own on digital platforms, which is how most young people view content these days. The program is the number one late-night show on YouTube, with more than 21 million subscribers. For comparison, Colbert's "Late Show" has around 6 million.

Gossip Cop also called out RadarOnline last year for trying to make it seem like Fallon has a drinking problem simply because he was photographed enjoying a beer at a Yankees game. The site further contended that the late-night host's career was in danger over his alleged issues with alcohol. However, the head of NBC himself, Bob Greenblatt, said all rumors of the network being worried about Fallon were "completely false." The gossip media clearly has no idea what's going on behind the scenes of late night TV.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.


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