‘Tonight Show’ head writer exits, vows to never write 'another Trump sketch ever again’

Jami Ganz, New York Daily News
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“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" has lost its head writer.

Both the late night show and writer Becky Drysdale, a “Key & Peele” alumnus, agreed she “was not a good fit for the show,” Drysdale wrote on Facebook, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“They made it clear that I was not a good fit for the show, and I did not disagree,” said Drysdale. “I wish it had gone differently and I had been able to be what they needed but that is not how it shook out.”

But the comedian, who also worked on “All That,” is taking the change in stride.

“I am making the decision for myself to never work on, write, or be involved with, another Trump sketch ever again,” she vowed.

Drysdale went on to say that she’s played a part in mocking or “doing material about" President Trump in “several jobs and situations over the last few years,” even outside of the NBC series, which frequently roasts the former “Apprentice” host.

That work, she said, “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.”

Drysdale joined “The Tonight Show” back in April, while Fallon was still hosting remotely amid the coronavirus pandemic and the start of lockdowns.

“I come from Chicago, where I was doing shows with two chairs and one light,” Drysdale told the Sun-Times in June, saying the new show production circumstances didn’t make her “feel limited. I feel like it’s a fun opportunity to figure out, ‘What can we do with these limitations?’”

Had she stuck around, Drysdale might not have had to write about Trump much longer, as it became clear Saturday that former Vice President Joe Biden would be the President-elect.


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