James Corden defends Jimmy Fallon over soft Trump interview: Criticism was 'really unfair'

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"The Late Late Show" host James Corden defended his NBC network partner Jimmy Fallon over Fallon's interview with President Donald Trump last year that many criticized as being too soft.

Corden spoke at PaleyFest TV and, according to the BBC, thought the attacks on Fallon were "really unfair."

"I don't think anyone asked [President Trump] the right questions," he said. "I don't think anyone took him to task or asked the questions that were needed."

The interview he's referring to occurred in September, when Fallon had the then presidential candidate on "The Tonight Show." In a now infamous interview, the host asked Trump if he could ruffle his hair.

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THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0534 -- Pictured: (l-r) Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on September 15, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0534 -- Pictured: (l-r) Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on September 15, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0534 -- Pictured: Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during an interview on September 15, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0534 -- Pictured: (l-r) Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on September 15, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0534 -- Pictured: (l-r) Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on September 15, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0534 -- Pictured: Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during an interview on September 15, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0534 -- Pictured: (l-r) Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on September 15, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Fallon faced a lot of backlash for playing with Trump's hair, with many commenting on how Fallon shouldn't have let Trump off the hook for his racist and sexist comments while on the campaign trail. Comedian Billy Eichner, for example, slammed Fallon, saying it wasn't "a good moment."

Fallon defended the interview, saying "Have you seen my show? I'm never too hard on anyone. We'll have Hillary [Clinton] on tomorrow, and we'll do something fun with her too."

"Moving forward, with how potentially dangerous these guys can be, you can't be fluffing a Nazi sympathizer's hair on television," Eichner said.

Watch Jimmy Fallon ruffle Donald Trump's hair:

Corden has been political on his show since the election last November, so he described what he would do if Trump ever guested on his show.

He said he would play a game with him called "Stand By It or Take It Back," where the host would read things Trump said on the campaign trail and the President would decide whether to stand by it or take it back.

"If you take it back, it's taken back forever. If you stand by it, you've got to tell me why. I felt like that was such a good game," he said.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 20: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) James Corden, David Walliams and Rob Brydon attend the closing night of 'Monty Python Live (Mostly)' at The O2 Arena on July 20, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: James Corden and Mark Ruffalo attends a Meet The Cast event for 'Begin Again' at Apple Store, Regent Street on July 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Actors James Corden, Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine attend the 'Begin Again' premiere at SVA Theater on June 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 18: James Corden arrives at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards after party held at the Grosvenor house, Park Lane on May 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Host James Corden presents The BRIT Awards 2014 at 02 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Matt Kent/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: Suki Waterhouse, Bradley Cooper, Julia Carey, James Corden and Anna Wintour attend the TOM FORD show at London Fashion Week AW14 at The Lindley Hall on February 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Nick Harvey/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: (L to R) James Corden, Anna Wintour and Bradley Cooper attend the TOM FORD show at London Fashion Week AW14 at The Lindley Hall on February 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 22: Chris Pine and James Corden at the Groucho club on October 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/FilmMagic)
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