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On Monday night’s show, Fallon and his sidekick announcer Steve Higgins were dared by two young Aussie fans to try the delicious yeasty spread. It didn’t go so well.
Higgins bravely (and naively) took a giant dollop of Vegemite and spread it (without butter) on a piece of bread (untoasted) before spitting it out immediately.
Any Australian will know this is all wrong.
“What does it taste like, man?” Fallon asked, laughing as Higgins washed his mouth out with coffee.
“I think it’s not for the American palate,” he said.
The 40-year-old comedian raced over and tried it for himself before physically gagging.
“It’s like waves, it comes in waves,” he joked.
“Not bad. It taste like beef bouillon or something,” he then added.
Higgins was far more scathing.
“It tastes like beef bouillon that fell on a brewer’s floor.”
Some Americans sympathised with Fallon, calling it “seriously the worst”, but Australians, including the ABC, stood firm and told the 40-year-old he had just eaten it all wrong.
With that, Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show broke the hearts of millions of Australians and sent American-Australian relations hurtling back 50 years.
Obviously Australian and US officials are racing to repair relations between our two countries following this unforgivable slight by one of America’s biggest TV stars. All we ask from Fallon is a simple apology. And maybe some other time honoured Australian punitive measure…