Joe Biden makes late-night debut on ‘Tonight Show’ with Jimmy Fallon



President Joe Biden on Friday will give his first late-night TV show interview since taking office to “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon.

NBC said the interview will air on the 11:35 p.m. ET show, though it’s unclear when it will be taped.

Biden, 79, is known for his old-timey and sometimes cringeworthy attempts at humor.

Last month, Biden joked before signing a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that his wife, first lady Jill Biden, might be having an affair with Vice President Kamala Harris’s husband, the second gentleman Doug Emhoff.

“These guys travel all over the country together. I’m getting worried, you know,” Biden said of his wife and Emhoff, drawing nervous laughter on the White House lawn.

He previously quipped in September, while wooing teachers union members, “I sleep with an NEA member every night,” referring to his wife.

Last year, while campaigning for the presidency, Biden shocked a New Hampshire audience by telling a young woman that she was a “lying dog-faced pony soldier,” in what his aides insisted was a John Wayne-inspired joke rather than an insult.

"Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon
“Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon will have Biden on the program this Friday.
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And when Biden gave a radio interview to host Charlamagne tha God on “The Breakfast Club,” he outraged listeners by joking, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

Biden has given far fewer interviews than his six most recent predecessors had at this point, according to records kept by political scientist Martha Kumar, director of the White House Transition Project.

As of Nov. 30, Biden had given just 18 interviews as president, according to Kumar’s records. Donald Trump had given 89 interviews, Barack Obama had done 141 and George W, Bush, whose first year was upended by 9/11, had given 44 interviews.

Even Ronald Reagan, who was shot in the lung by a would-be assassin shortly after taking office, more than doubled Biden’s first-year interviews, giving 46 by the same point in his presidency.

Nearly all of Biden’s sparing interviews have gone to TV outlets. As of the end of November, Biden had given just four non-TV interviews.


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