But is the NBC host just naturally goofy or is there another reason for his behavior?
The New York Post reports that a string of injuries starting over the summer and continuing until next week could be a result of the comedian’s drinking and partying — the most recent event had him getting his hand stitched after falling and landing on broken glass from a smashed Jägermeister bottle while receiving the Harvard Lampoon’s Elmer Award for Excellence in Humor.
“I threw the bottle and then I landed on broken glass,” Fallon explained about his bandaged hand on his show Monday. “There [were] pools of blood everywhere.”
Now, the Post reports that sources in the entertainment industry are saying NBC feels Fallon’s over-the-top partying may be endangering his career.
“It’s gone from being a whisper to a chatter,” one insider reportedly said about rumors surrounding Fallon’s drinking.
The stories are wild and numerous. The Post chronicles rumors that Fallon was involved in a late-night brawl at an East Village dive bar in 2014, that he buys shots of vodka for everyone at the bars he frequents and that, in January, he was seen crawling across a bartop while singing a Katy Perry song.
“He’s a mess… everything you’ve heard [about his behavior] is true,” a Manhattan bartender who serves Fallon reportedly told the Post, adding, “I love him.”
But even if the rumors are true, NBC isn’t ready to admit to them. The Post reports that a representative for the network said in a statement, “Jimmy Fallon is a highly valued member of the NBC family who is both a tireless worker and an extraordinarily gifted performer. His dedication in putting on a great show each and every night is unparalleled, and that is reflected in the large amount of viewers who tune in — he frequently outrates the broadcast competition combined. We are proud of his accomplishments on and off camera and look forward to working with him for many years to come.”