Rebecca Drysdale, the head writer of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, has exited the show just six months after stepping into the role.
Drysdale put up a post on her private Facebook account and said that the show’s producers told her she wasn’t a good fit for the show and she didn’t disagree.
“They made it clear that I was not a good fit for the show, and I did not disagree. I wish it had gone differently and I had been able to be what they needed but that is not how it shook out,” she wrote (via Deadline).
Drysdale says she plans on never writing a joke about President Trump ever again and she doesn’t seem to agree with The Tonight Show giving the president a platform by joking about him constantly.
“I believe that comedy is a powerful tool,” she said. “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.”
“I am making the decision for myself to never work on, write, or be involved with, another Trump sketch ever again. 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. 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,” Rebecca wrote.
Jimmy Fallon signed a new deal with NBC this week to extended his contract with the network through the end of 2021.