Jimmy Fallon, the soon-to-be host of the ‘Tonight Show,’ is a seriously thoughtful guy. He actually notified New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last week to warn him prior to performing a Bridgegate parody featuring Bruce Springsteen.
During the Television Critics Association press event Sunday, he told the assembled reporters that he felt it was prudent that he give the politician fair warning.
The ‘Late Night’ host admits, “Well, I really did think about that before we did it because he’s been on the show, and I just knew. 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.”
He explained, “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…”
The hilarious sketch was broadcast on January 14. The Boss, 64, and Fallon were dressed alike in the singer’s signature denim garb for their rendition of ‘Born to Run.’
Their creative lyrics included, “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…”
Christie, 51, is a BIG fan of The Boss, and claims to have attended 120+ Springsteen concerts over the years.