Jimmy Fallon was hesitant to get up close and personal with Hillary Clinton in a gag during their Tonight Show interview

By Dave Quinn
September 17, 2016 11:35 AM

His interview with polarizing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was widely criticized for being too lighthearted. But that doesn’t seem to have deterred Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon from goofing off when chatting with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

While the 41-year-old comedian didn’t playfully tousle Clinton’s hair as he had did Trump’s, he did greet the former Secretary of State with a gag in an interview taped on Friday that’s set to air Monday.

Fallon donned a surgical mask to welcome Clinton to the show – a callout to her recent bout of pneumonia.

“Thank you so much,” he said as pulled out the mask from his desk drawer. “It is great to have you here.”

Hillary Clinton and Jimmy Fallon
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The move was met with laughter from the 68-year-old politician, who high-fived the late-night host.

Sticking with the joke, he then reached for the hand sanitizer to assure he was staying healthy.

During their interview, Fallon asked Clinton how she walks the line of being both personable and authoritative on the campaign trail.

 

He explained: “It’s so tricky because you have to go and you have to say hi to everybody and be happy – and you do. But also people kind of want to see … the badass Hillary – someone who’s going to protect us and be strong and tough.”

Clinton agreed the duality is challenging.

“It’s especially tricky for women,” she said. “It just is. You don’t talk about ISIS with a big grin on your face. It’s a constant balancing act.”

 

During her last visit to the NBC late-night institution, Clinton showed off both her personable and authoritative side when talking about her presidential opponent.

Asked whether Trump intimidated her, she quickly shot back “No” before adding, “He’s a lot more obsessed with me than I am with him” with a laugh.

On Sept. 26, both presidential candidates will participate in their first debate, moderated by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt.

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