Jimmy Fallon Draws Fire for Calling Trans Actor ‘Bud’ Amid Already Bad Year for Tonight Show Host

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Jimmy Fallon is in hot water with some of his audience.

The “Tonight” show host angered his largely progressive viewership by referring to trans actor Hunter Schafer as “bud” during a Nov. 17 interview about the actor’s latest role in the newly released prequel to “The Hunger Games.”

Schafer explained to Fallon he previously dressed up as a character in the franchise when he was a child.

“For Halloween, I was obsessed with how the capitol people were in costume and made my own costume,” Schafer stated.

“Oh bud, it’s unbelievable!” Fallon replied.

“This is really cool, now you’re in ‘Hunger Games’ — as a capitol person!”

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