Jimmy Fallon will not be having his next “Thank You Notes” bit written by his head writer, nor might he be getting a thank-you note from her as she departs.
Rebecca Drysdale revealed in a Facebook post that her departure from NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” was based on disagreeing with doing continual jokes about President Donald Trump because it only added to his power.
Drysdale, a former Key and Peele writer, said the decision to end her seven-month stay as head writer was mutual. She said she will not work on another Trump sketch again to avoid amplifying his stature.
“I have landed in several jobs and situations over the last few years, not just ‘The Tonight Show,’ where the project of making fun of Trump, or doing material about Trump, has led to divided creative teams, anxiety, tears and pain,” Drysdale said of various comedy jobs in a private Facebook post that was reported by the Chicago Sun-Times. “I can’t decide the outcome of this election, but I can make the choice for myself, to vote him out of my creative life.
“I believe that comedy is a powerful tool. I believe that it can handle anything, no matter how unfunny. I don’t believe that making fun of this man, doing impressions of him, or making him silly, is a good use of that power. It only adds to his.”
And it may just add to Stephen Colbert’s ratings lead and Jimmy Kimmel’s growth in the late-night wars.