End Toxic Work Environments in the Entertainment Industry

Target: Mike Cavanagh, CEO of NBCUniversal

Goal: Ensure a safe and respectful workplace environment in the entertainment industry.

Recent allegations of a toxic work environment on “The Tonight Show” hosted by Jimmy Fallon have surfaced in a report by Rolling Stone. The publication conducted interviews with two current and 14 former employees, shedding light on workplace conditions that have allegedly left many employees emotionally and mentally distressed.

Employees interviewed for the report claimed that a pervasive “ugly environment behind the scenes” was initiated by Jimmy Fallon and exacerbated by the show’s nine different showrunners in nine years. It has been alleged that employees endured a climate characterized by unpredictable shifts between “good Jimmy days” and “bad Jimmy days,” where they reportedly feared outbursts and belittling behavior. Some employees who attempted to voice their concerns through HR channels were allegedly met with retaliation, including terminations.

Despite the charismatic persona presented to the public, the reality within the workplace was reportedly far from uplifting. One former employee lamented, “It’s a bummer because it was my dream job. Writing for late night is a lot of people’s dream jobs, and they’re coming into this, and it becomes a nightmare very quickly. It’s sad that it’s like that, especially knowing that it doesn’t have to be that way.”

The toll of these alleged experiences on the show has purportedly had devastating effects on employees’ mental health. According to former staffers, dressing rooms were allegedly referred to as “crying rooms,” and grim references to self-harm were reportedly made in jest. One former employee disclosed, “Mentally, I was in the lowest place of my life. I didn’t want to live anymore. I thought about taking my own life all the time.” Take action now.


Dear Mr. Cavanagh,

We, the concerned citizens of the United States, write to you today with a pressing matter that demands immediate attention. Recent allegations of a toxic work environment on “The Tonight Show” have underscored the need for stricter regulations to ensure a safe, respectful, and mentally healthy workplace environment within the entertainment industry.

The Rolling Stone report, based on interviews with current and former employees, paints a troubling picture of the conditions endured by those working behind the scenes. While these are allegations, they nonetheless highlight the importance of addressing issues that affect the well-being and mental health of individuals in the workplace.

We appeal to you, to use your influence and authority within the entertainment industry to advocate for more stringent regulations, while also implementing them in your own company. These regulations should encompass measures to prevent toxic work environments, ensure that employees can voice their concerns without fear of retaliation, and prioritize the mental health and well-being of all individuals working within the industry.

The entertainment industry has a significant impact on society, and it should exemplify values of respect, dignity, and professionalism. By taking a stand and advocating for change, we can work together to create an industry that is not only creative and entertaining but also safe and respectful for all those who contribute to its success.

We urge you to champion this cause and work towards ensuring that allegations of toxic work environments become a thing of the past. Let us unite in creating a healthier and more respectful workplace culture within the entertainment industry.


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