Sunday, May 3, 2015

Fallon warned Christie of Springsteen jam

"Late Night" host said he thought about New Jersey governor's feelings before using the Boss against him.

Fallon warned Christie of Springsteen jam

Of all the things that have been said and written about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in recent weeks, the thing that may have hurt him the most was the "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" bit in which Bruce Springsteen and Fallon lampooned the Boss-loving pol in a parody of "Born to Run."

“I really did think about that before we did that, because he's been on the show," the future "Tonight Show" host said  of Christie Sunday during the Television Critics Association's winter meetings in Pasadena. But the bit, he said, was funny.

“I let Chris Christie know before we did it," he said, adding, "Silver lining? Bruce Springsteen says your name."

Would that be enough for Christie? Who knows? Fallon said he hasn't "heard back yet."

On a happier note, Fallon announced that his first guest as the host of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" (yes, like Johnny Carson, he's "starring") will be Philly's own Will Smith. Because, he said, he's a major movie star and he's always an entertaining guest.

U2 will be playing on the Feb. 17 premiere.





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