Jimmy Fallon trashes Betsy DeVos in Tonight Show sketch
Jimmy Fallon waded further into the political waters on Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, mocking new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as unqualified in a withering sketch.
Fallon “interviewed” DeVos (played on the show by writer and comedian Jo Firestone), who had difficulty finding the camera and even pronouncing her own name.
Reading prepared notes poorly, Firestone’s DeVos said, “I’m exited to be your new secretary of edu-Cake Boss.”
After Fallon encouraged Firestone’s DeVos to dispense with the prepared remarks, she discussed plans for the education system and suggested swapping out textbooks for pamphlets — including one on foreign languages that simply read “Just Speak English.”
“Mr. Trump wrote this one himself,” she said. Firestone’s DeVos then tried to eat the pamphlet. Watch the segment below.
In the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory and inauguration, late-night shows have increasingly focused on the new president to improved ratings. The biggest winners thus far have been Fallon’s former show, Saturday Night Live, and his current timeslot competition, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Last week, for the first time since Colbert took over The Late Show from David Letterman, the CBS late-night show topped Fallon’s The Tonight Show in the overall ratings.
Fallon was heavily criticized last year before the election after he interviewed Trump and playfully tousled his hair.