NBC executive Bob Greenblatt Wednesday tried to silence chatter that “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon has a drinking problem, reported Deadline Hollywood.
Fallon — a well-known partier during his "Saturday Night Live" days — ignited major rumors in the summer after suffering a horrific injury to his ring finger that nearly resulted it in being amputated. Fallon said he got hurt when trying to stop a fall with his hand and his ring got caught on a counter. Naturally, theories of the "real" cause of his injury spread on the internet.
More rumors arose after an October Instagram showed his right hand affixed with a couple of Band-Aids, with the caption, “Nothing that a few band aids couldn’t fix.”
The 41-year-old father of two had sliced his right hand on a broken Jagermeister bottle after accepting the Harvard Lampoon’s Elmer Award for Excellence in Humor. Despite reports that Fallon returned to the party after being discharged from Mass General, rumors abounded.
Greenblatt used today’s executive panel as an opportunity to nip in the bud inflated rumors of Fallon’s boozing.
“He’s good. He doesn’t have a problem,” Greenblatt told the Television Critics Association. “He goes out and has fun. He’s had some accidents. Aside from that, he’s in better shape than he’s ever been.”
Greenblatt further dispelled rumors that NBC’s re-upping of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” is morbid insurance against Fallon’s penchant for spills: “Jimmy will be with us for years to come, perhaps long after I leave NBC and some of you leave your jobs.”