- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 20, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Fallon is opening up about the personal anguish he felt following the backlash to his now-infamous hair mussing appearance with Donald Trump.

The host of “The Tonight Show” tells The Hollywood Reporter he “made a mistake” and apologized “if I made anyone mad.” He adds that he “would do it differently” looking back on the 2016 episode.

Trump opponents criticized Fallon for a cringe-worthy interview only weeks before the election where Fallon playfully stroked Trump’s hair. Fallon’s show eventually lost more than one-fifth of its audience and its late-night crown.

Fallon says he wasn’t approving of Trump or his beliefs just because he joked with him and says he “did not do it to ‘normalize’ him or say I believe in his political beliefs.”

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