Tonight editor leaves, citing Trump jokes

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Rebecca Drysdale.
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After nearly seven months of work, an editor-in-chief Tonight’s Show with Jimmy Fallon left the show, calling it “a mutual decision”. She also expressed her desire to no longer work on comedy skits about Donald Trump. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, on November 5, Rebecca Drysdale shared in a private Facebook post that she has decided to split up with Tonight’s show where she was hired as editor in April 2020. In the Facebook post – which has since been deleted – Drysdale said her departure was a “mutual decision” with the NBC show, adding: “I was not a good candidate for the show and that didn’t suit me.

After thanking her former colleagues on the show, Drysdale also explained in the post that she no longer wanted to be involved in the Donald Trump comedy, which she said was unrelated to her. Tonight show Departure. “I make the decision never to work, write or be involved in another Trump sketch again. I have landed in several jobs and situations over the past few years where the plan to laugh at Trump, or make 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 eliminate it from my creative life, no matter where we end up when it’s over, ”she wrote, adding that she “will never write words out of her mouth, watch her image be altered or manipulated, or discuss how to make it funny again.”

Drysdale ended his since deleted post by explaining his position on the Trump jokes. “I believe comedy is a powerful tool. I believe he can handle anything, even if it’s not funny. I don’t believe that making fun of this man, making impressions of him, or making him stupid is a good use of that power. It just adds to his, ”she wrote. “As we all watch, wait and wring our hands, waiting to hear how this election is going to go, I am relieved that I can just sit back and feel how I feel about it… which I will not have. To do is find out how to make Donald Trump funny tonight or tomorrow night, and I’m really grateful for that. Prior to Tonight’s show Drysdale had written and produced credits on Key and Peele, High maintenance, and FX Baskets.

This post has been updated with clarifications from Drysdale.

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