Leave it to America's Nice Guy Jimmy Fallon to give Chris Christie a thoughtful heads up! Last week, Fallon teamed up with none other than New Jersey's finest, Bruce Springsteen, to mock the New Jersey Governor's shocking "Bridgegate" traffic jam scandal with a hilarious "Born to Run" parody song on the Jan. 14 episode of Late Night. But as Fallon revealed during a Television Critics Association winter press tour press conference on Sunday, Jan. 19, he actually warned the embattled politician about the sketch before it aired.
"Well, I really did think about that before we did it because he's been on the show, and I just knew," said Fallon, 39, promoting his Tonight Show revamp. "First of all, the bit was funny. I knew that. So you got to kind of go with that first when you're making these decisions. Then secondly, I let Chris Christie know that we were going to do it."
How did Fallon deal with the awkward chat? "I just let him know, 'The silver lining, Bruce Springsteen says your name . . . That's pretty cool, right?' So I haven't heard back yet, but . . ."
On the Jan. 14 sketch, Fallon and Springsteen, 64, wore matching Boss-like outfits and, guitars in hand, reworked the lyrics of "Born to Run": "Maybe this Bridgegate was just payback / It's a bitch slap to the state Democrats / We gotta get out but we can't / We're stuck in Governor Chris Christie's Fort Lee New Jersey traffic jam . . . "