Hillary Clinton Books ‘Tonight Show’ Appearance During GOP Debate

Democrat presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton will sit down with the Tonight Show‘s Jimmy Fallon later this month on the same night her Republican counterparts spar in their next presidential debate, NBC announced Thursday.

Clinton’s January 14 appearance on NBC’s nighttime talk show coincides with the Republican presidential debate the same night on Fox Business Network, reports Deadline. In September, Clinton did exactly the same thing, visiting Fallon’s show when the GOP hopefuls battled in the CNN-hosted presidential debate.

Clinton’s Tonight Show appearance will air just after the candidates wrap up the debate live from the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center in South Carolina. The debate will be moderated by Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo.

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump will visit the Tonight Show just three days before Clinton’s appearance, on January 11. A September visit by Trump gave the NBC program its best Friday night ratings in 18 months.

Fallon kept the proceedings mostly light-hearted during Clinton’s previous visit to the Tonight Show, just as the candidate’s email scandal had gained traction and threatened to unravel her presidential ambitions.

“Here’s the thing: Everyone is saying these are top-secret emails… and I go, ‘Wait, do we want everyone knowing what the top secret email is?” Fallon joked at the time.

“Look, I’ve said I’m taking responsibility, I’m trying to be as transparent as possible, but nothing that was sent at the time or received was secret,” Clinton deflected. “It wasn’t [classified] at the time, and the stuff that’s in it I think is really boring people, which kind of hurts my feelings.”

Clinton also participated in a sketch with Fallon during the show, with the late-night host dressing up as Trump to conduct a mock phone call with the Democrat candidate.

Fallon’s Tonight Show is an absolute ratings juggernaut, regularly beating CBS rival Stephen Colbert and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel. An appearance by Clinton on Colbert’s Late Show in October couldn’t deliver the ratings to beat Fallon’s show the same night, when actress Drew Barrymore guested along with a pile of adorable puppies.


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