Most people like to unwind by engaging in activities that take their mind off their careers.
But not Jimmy Fallon.
No, Fallon exchanges in banter with strangers and laughs his ass off playing drinking games on the Tonight Show – then goes out and does the same damn thing at several of New York City’s many drinking establishments.
Yes, it’s amusing when the affable comic bests his guests with a rousing game of beer pong on his show, but there have been rumors that Fallon’s drinking worries his bosses at NBC, and it’s not hard to see why.
Fallon has injured himself in drunken stumbles on more than one occasion, and as the one late night host Americans can agree on this election season (Donald Trump hair-tousling aside), the network has a lot riding on Fallon.
But whether network execs like it or not, it seems that Jimmy has no intention of easing up on the booze.
In fact, just last week, sources say the 42-year-old comic was spotted acting like a one-man frat at a popular NYC bar.
Witnesses tell Page Six that Fallon was visibly “very drunk” at Manitoba’s in Manhattan on Thursday night.
Amusingly, an intoxicated Fallon reportedly commandeered the bar’s sound system.
“He was at the end of the bar playing ’90s music on his phone,” said one onlooker.
“He would have the bartender hook it up and start dancing. He was very drunk, cutting up and making people laugh.”
“He left alone and people recognized him on his way out,” said a source.
“He was like, ‘Hugs for everybody!’ Someone asked for a selfie and he was like, ‘Nah, not right now.’”
Yes, hugs for everybody.
In other words, wasted Jimmy Fallon is basically the exact same person as TV Jimmy Fallon.
The late night host probably gets away with getting solo sh-tfaced in public largely because he’s a friendly drunk and booze doesn’t bring out his inner Mel Gibson.
But that doesn’t mean his drinking isn’t (at least occasionally) problematic:
The last year has seen multiple instances of Fallon falling down while intoxicated, at least two of them resulting in injury.
Viewers and crew members who took notice of Fallon’s frequently bandaged hand recently dubbed him Jimmy Fallin’.
The guy is certainly entitled to celebrate his success as the number one host in late night (especially since many wondered what NBC was thinking when they gave the “washed-up” SNL alum his own show).
But when rumors that Fallon’s headed to rehab on his bosses’ insistence are broken up by reports of Fallon drunkenly hosting his own ’90s night, it’s hard not to be concerned.
We hope Jimmy’s not in need of help.
But if he is, we hope that he’s able to find it.