Jimmy Fallon Apologizes for 2000 SNL blackface skit

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26 May 2020, 6:21 pm

Jimmy Fallon Apologizes for "Terrible Decision" in Doing Blackface on 'SNL'

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immy Fallon on Tuesday apologized for doing blackface 20 years ago during a sketch on NBC's Saturday Night Live.

The Tonight Show host and SNL vet said he was sorry after the clip resurfaced and he was criticized for the moment across Twitter.

"In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface. There is no excuse for this," Fallon said in a tweet. "I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable."

The sketch in question featured Fallon in blackface impersonating Chris Rock on Regis Philbin’s (Darrell Hammond) late-night show.

Fallon has done his Rock impression a number of times over the years, such as on Howard Stern's radio show.

There is no legitimate clip of the segment available, with NBC having scrubbed it from the SNL site, but bootlegs are floating around YouTube and Twitter.


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26 May 2020, 6:43 pm

I wish I could see the sketch in question.


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26 May 2020, 7:00 pm

Looks pretty harmless
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bVfdC4OHRc

I noticed Judy Garland did a horrible blackface in the old days



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26 May 2020, 7:08 pm

He was imitating Chris Rock. Yeah, I don't see anything to apologize for.


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27 May 2020, 2:23 am

cyberdad wrote:
Looks pretty harmless
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bVfdC4OHRc

I noticed Judy Garland did a horrible blackface in the old days







In what movie? Another movie she was in with Mickey Rooney had Mick in blackface but not Judy IIRC.
I remember reading that among Frank Sinatra's first professional jobs was being in a blackface group!



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27 May 2020, 2:41 am

I wonder what Chris Rock thinks about it.



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27 May 2020, 2:52 am