Jimmy Fallon apologises for blackface SNL sketch

Brenda Watkins
May 28, 2020

Saturday Night Live is an NBC mainstay, and Fallon now hosts The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, although his show has been produced from home in recent weeks.

According to USA Today, people said things to Fallon like, "Lorne won't laugh" and "Don't expect him to laugh".

Fallon released a statement apologising for the skit. First Lana, then Doja cat, and now Jimmy Fallon. "We comedian I know it's a tough time right now".

Another added: "And here I was thinking Jimmy was unproblematic".

Forgotten footage of The Tonight Show host's impersonation of fellow comic Chris Rock hit the Internet over the weekend, prompting trolls and critics alike to launch the #JimmyFallonIsOverParty hashtag on Twitter.

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Another commented: "Anyone else getting sick and exhausted of twitter cancelling people left and right?" The list includes comedian and talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel, who used blackface to impersonate N.B.A. player Karl Malone and lampoon media titan Oprah Winfrey on "The Man Show".

As of Wednesday evening, there's been no public response from Chris Rock.

The awards show sketch involved Fallon doing a drunken impression of Chris Rock telling a joke about The People vs OJ Simpson.

NBC, the network that employs Fallon, fired news anchor Megyn Kelly in 2018 after she made controversial comments defending the use of blackface.

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