When Trump Derangement Syndrome forces someone who is a joke writer to quit her job, that in itself is great joke material. What is not a joke is that the head writer of NBC's Tonight Show, Rebecca Drysdale, really is quitting her job and placing a lot of the blame for her departure at the feet of President Donald Trump.
The basis of her departure could be far funnier than anything Drysdale has ever written as revealed in Thursday's Variety, "‘The Tonight Show’ Head Writer Rebecca Drysdale Exits, Also Says She’ll ‘Never Work on Another Trump Sketch’."
Head writer Rebecca Drysdale is exiting her role on the show, Variety has confirmed. In a private Facebook message obtained by the Chicago Sun Times, Drysdale explained that it was a mutual decision, after both parties agreed she “was not a good fit for the show.”
“They made it clear that I was not a good fit for the show, and I did not disagree. I wish it had gone differently and I had been able to be what they needed but that is not how it shook out,” Drysdale wrote in the post.
She also expressed relief at never having to write jokes or sketches about President Donald Trump ever again, saying that in her view, making fun of the President only serves to amplify his power.
What? "Making fun of the President only serves to amplify his power?" Kind of an odd argument after last Tuesday's results. Drysdale's jokes might not be funny but that bizarre reasoning sure is.
“I believe that comedy is a powerful tool. I believe that it can handle anything, no matter how unfunny. I don’t believe that making fun of this man, doing impressions of him, or making him silly, is a good use of that power. It only adds to his,” Drysdale wrote.
“I am making the decision for myself to never work on, write, or be involved with, another Trump sketch ever again. I have landed in several jobs and situations over the last few years, not just ‘The Tonight Show,’ where the project of making fun of Trump, or doing material about Trump, has led to divided creative teams, anxiety, tears and pain. I can’t decide the outcome of this election, but I can make the choice for myself, to vote him out of my creative life,” she added.
Or maybe you really have to leave because you just aren't funny, Rebecca, and you are using Trump as your lame excuse. It should be pointed out that Drysdale was only on staff for seven months.