Jimmy: Well you know what happens? You come on The Tonight Show. And you perform Slow Hands on The Tonight Show. Everyone watching will call their DJ and call their radio stations and stream it and download it. And it will be the #1 song.
Fallon is not apolitical at all. He had Chris Christie on during the unfolding of the Bridgegate scandal, let Christie say whatever he wanted, and didn’t question him about it at all. They even did a stupid dance together.
And then he had the infamous ruffling of Trump’s hair, which I hope clings to him for the rest of his life.
In both of these instances, Fallon had powerful political figures on his show, and he gave them unfiltered access to his audience, letting them deliver whatever message or impression they wanted.
By giving these two men (and others) this platform and opportunity, on the public airwaves, Fallon took an explicitly political position, and that position was “whatever these guys want you to believe is true, because look at how much fun we’re having! Let’s lip sync now!”
He may never overtly express a political opinion, but Jimmy Fallon is anything but apolitical.