Late-night host Jimmy Fallon has had his first fling with Elon Musk’s Twitter, just weeks after the release of The Tesla founder took over the social media platform.
“#RIPJimmyFallon” began trending Tuesday night, as Twitter users took to the posts and making memes About the faked death of the comedian. hashtag interested fans And “Saturday Night Live” itself. Fallon, who is still alive, was not happy.
“Elon, can you fix this? #RIPjimmy Fallon,” he tweeted on Tuesday.
According to a notice previously displayed with Fallon’s tweet, “One user took advantage of Elon Musk’s product change to allow anyone to get a verified account for $8 to create an account that looks like the official @FallonTonight handle.”
Fallon asked for Musk’s help but did not comment and did not receive a response as of Wednesday. Rather than offer an immediate solution, the SpaceX founder responded to Fallon with a joking response.
“Fix what?” for him first tweet he said early Wednesday.
“Wait a minute, how do we know you’re not an alien hijacker pretending to be Jimmy!?” Musk wrote in another reply Wednesday afternoon. “Say something only the real Jimmy would say…”
Fallon has not yet responded to Musk. The comedian’s Twitter woes come amid ongoing issues over Twitter’s fact-checking and verification – which have worsened since Musk’s seizure of power at the end of October.
Among his first moves, Musk introduced Twitter Blue again, a new subscription plan where users charge $8 per month to be a verified account. As a result, some users began impersonating official accounts, which caused negative consequences for some comp.
On the flip side, users who were already verified prior to the new incarnation of Twitter Blue complained that they were unable to change their usernames after this functionality was temporarily frozen.
Among them was the singer Doja Cat. Last week, the “Say So” musician jokingly updated her display name to “Christmas,” but when she tried to change it to something else, she ran into some trouble and looked to Musk for help.
“I don’t want to be Christmas forever, please help I made a mistake @elonmusk,” she tweeted.
Musk tweeted days after the Grammy winner, too: “You should be able to change your name now.” He threw insults his way.
Twitter’s new era under Musk has caused some celebrities to do just that Rethink their relationship with the social media platform. Some — including Shonda Rhimes and Toni Braxton — have announced that they’re parting ways from Twitter. Others, like conservative actor Kevin Sorbo and comedian Terrence K. Williams, said they’d still be permanent.
“I’m not leaving Twitter,” Williams wrote on Twitter last week.
This story originally appeared Los Angeles Times.
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