Jimmy Fallon apologizes for wearing blackface in resurfaced ‘SNL’ sketch
Comedian and late-night host Jimmy Fallon released an apology on Tuesday after a video of a “Saturday Night Live” sketch in which he was wearing blackface resurfaced.
Fallon responded after a slew of criticism came Tuesday morning, including the trending hashtag #JimmyFallonIsOverParty, after the video showing him impersonating Chris Rock.
“In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of comedian Chris Rock while in blackface,” “The Tonight Show” host said. “There is no excuse for this.”
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.
I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) May 26, 2020
The “SNL” sketch involved Fallon portraying Rock, who was an “SNL” member in the early 1990s, while speaking to Darrell Hammond, who played TV host Regis Philbin in the scene.
The video was also reportedly highlighted in 2018 by supporters of Megyn Kelly after she was removed from NBC’s “Today” show after saying blackface “was OK” back when she was a child.
Nick Cannon also posted a picture from the clip on Instagram in 2019, along with other late-night hosts who had performed in blackface.
A Twitter user posted the video early Tuesday with the caption, “NBC fired Megyn Kelly for mentioning blackface. Jimmy Fallon performed on NBC in blackface.” The video had almost 1 million views as of Tuesday evening.