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Jimmy Fallon used the Friars Club as his secret hangout spot – TheFantasyTimes

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By Jitin Gambhir

Jimmy Fallon used the Friars Club as his secret hangout spot

In a rare turn of events, Jimmy Fallon found himself in a precarious situation, going from one troublesome situation to another. Following a damning exposé by Rolling Stone, in which it was claimed that Fallon had fostered a toxic work environment at the 30 Rock HQ of “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” due to his alleged alcohol-infused presence back in 2017, the host issued an apology to his staff. However, sources have revealed to TheFantasyTimes that Fallon, known for his reputation as a drinker and occasional wild antics at downtown bars like Niagara and the now-defunct Siberia, sought solace and privacy at the exclusive Friars Club.

Although the struggling Friars Club on 55th Street is renowned for its celebrity clientele, who typically enjoyed their drinks alongside fellow members at the various bars within the clubhouse, Fallon often secluded himself in private rooms away from other members. He would be accompanied by his writing staff, who served as his party companions. Over the years, rumors have circulated about Fallon’s visits to the Friars Club, providing him with a safe space to unwind without attracting unwanted attention from the media.

It should be noted that anyone who did not belong to the NBC network was met with hostility, as this reporter discovered firsthand. Speculation within the revered halls once graced by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Jerry Lewis suggested that NBC executives were the masterminds behind Fallon’s management strategy. However, an NBC spokesperson refuted these claims when approached by TheFantasyTimes, asserting that they were false. Fallon’s spokesperson declined to comment on the matter.

Fallon’s rendezvous at the private Friars Club, alongside his trusted writing staff, took place in exclusive rooms that were cordoned off from other members. A source familiar with the situation stated, “He would bring his writers to the club, and they would have their own private room. It’s unclear whether this arrangement was organic, considering his frequent presence at the club, or if it was encouraged by NBC. It could have been a mutually beneficial arrangement for both parties.”

The recent controversy surrounding Fallon stems from a Rolling Stone article in which 16 current and former employees accused him of erratic behavior, drinking on the job, and creating a toxic work environment. One staff member remarked, “Nobody told Jimmy, ‘No.’ Everyone walked on eggshells, especially showrunners.” Another former employee added, “He gifted the writers annual memberships, so it makes sense that they would spend time at the club. It’s unclear if NBC had a hand in this.”

In response to the allegations, Fallon issued an apology during a video call with the “Tonight Show” team on Thursday night. According to an attendee of the meeting, Fallon’s apology appeared sincere, saying, “It’s embarrassing, and I feel so bad. Sorry if I embarrassed you, your family, and friends… I feel so bad I can’t even express it.”

Fallon had previously made headlines in 2014, shortly after assuming the role of “Tonight Show” host, when he became involved in a scuffle at the East Village bar, Niagara. It appears that his retreat to the Friars Club occurred shortly after this incident. However, with the recent closure of the Friars Club, the question remains as to where Fallon will seek refuge in the future.

It was a rare case of “out of the fire and into the Friars.” 

Jimmy Fallon apologized to his staff this week after a Rolling Stone exposé claimed that he’d created a toxic environment at the 30 Rock HQ of his “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” — in part because he seemed to have shown up to the office smelling of booze back in 2017. 

But TheFantasyTimes has heard over the years that Fallon, 48 — who had a legendary reputation for drinking, and occasionally getting into high-spirited scrapes, at downtown watering holes including Niagara, and especially the long-defunct Siberia — used the private Friars Club as a safe space for the gregarious host to let his hair down without making the gossip pages. 

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While the struggling 55th Street club is famed for its celebrity members — who, generally speaking, happily drank among the other members at the various bars around its clubhouse — we’re told Fallon was often ensconced in rooms that were especially closed off from other card-carrying folks, with his writing staff as party pals. 


Jimmy Fallon
TheFantasyTimes has heard over the years that Fallon, 48, has used the private Friars Club to enjoy a drink or two without making the gossip pages. 
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As this reporter once discovered the hard way, anyone not in the NBC fold was told to take a hike. 

In fact, it was much speculated around the hallowed halls once walked by Frank Sintra and Jerry Lewis, that NBC brass were the ones who came up with the Jimmy management strategy. 

But on Friday an NBC spokesperson told TheFantasyTimes that was not true. A spokesperson for Fallon declined to comment.


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Fallon — along with with his writing staff as party pals — was often ensconced in rooms that were specially closed off from other card-carrying folks.
Gabriella Bass

A Friars’ insider told us, “He did bring his writers to the club and they’d have a private room, but I don’t know if that was organic, as he’d hang out there anyway — he gifted the writers annual memberships so it makes sense that’s where they’d hang —or if NBC encouraged it. Could have been a win-win for both.” 

Fallon is under fire after a Rolling Stone article quoted 16 current and former employees accused him of being erratic, drunk at work and “creating a toxic work environment.” 


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“Nobody told Jimmy, ‘No,’” a staffer told the magazine. 

“Everybody walked on eggshells, especially showrunners,” another former employee said.


Jimmy Fallon, Jeremy Renner
“He gifted the writers annual memberships so it makes sense that’s where they’d hang —or if NBC encouraged it,” an insider told us.
NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

“You never knew which Jimmy we were going to get and when he was going to throw a hissy fit. Look how many showrunners went so quickly. We know they didn’t last long.” 

Fallon offered an apology to “Tonight Show” in a Thursday night video call. 

An attendee of the all-hands meeting characterized the funnyman’s mea culpa as “pretty earnest.” 

“It’s embarrassing, and I feel so bad,” Fallon allegedly said. “Sorry if I embarrassed you and your family and friends . . . I feel so bad I can’t even tell you.” 

Fallon made headlines in 2014, shortly after he got the “Tonight Show” gig, for getting caught up in a scuffle at East Village bar Niagara, and we’re told the alleged retreat behind Friars lines happened shortly after. 

But the Friar’s Club closed this past spring — so where will the funnyman hide out now?

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