Monday, June 17, 2024

Jimmy Fallon Bows Out of Friars Club Dinner Tonight Honoring Billy Crystal and Ronnie “Shoes” Nistico, Alec Baldwin Also Out


Alec Baldwin isn’t the only A-lister who won’t be at tonight’s Friars Club Roast of Billy Crystal.

Jimmy Fallon is also out of the mix. Fallon was in LA last night to win a People’s Choice Award. He flew back immediately and tapes the “Tonight” show this afternoon. After that, he goes home to his wife and kids.

Fallon and Baldwin will each miss the honoring of Crystal. They’ll all miss meeting Ronnie “Shoes” aka Ronnie “Copa” Nistico, who’s been with the Friars for less than a year.

Nistico, as I wrote on Friday, has quite a colorful history. He has two convictions for weapons charges, and for assault that was eventually settled. He’s part of the “new” Friars membership which has fewer showbiz people and many more who no one’s ever heard of– except maybe the police.

The Friars Club is still part of an open investigation from the US Attorney’s Office. They also settled a sexual harassment lawsuit last year for seven figures with a former receptionist thanks to named defendant Bruce Charet. Guests tonight will be looking to see if Charet shows up at the Ziegfeld Ballroom, ushering around the likes of Robert DeNiro, Brett Ratner, or Tony Bennett.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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