Jimmy Fallon: I Warned Chris Christie About Bruce Springsteen Bridgegate Parody

Celebrity News Jan. 20, 2014 AT 9:40AM
Jimmy Fallon and Chris Christie Credit: Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank; Theo Wargo/Getty

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.

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"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."

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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 . . ."

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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 . . . "

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