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Jimmy Fallon Apologizes to Michele Bachmann for 'Late Night' Walk On Music

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 23rd 2011 8:33AM
Michele Bachmann on 'Late Night''Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' house band The Roots sparked controversy Monday night when, as guest Michele Bachmann was introduced, they played a snippet of a 1985 Fishbone song called 'Lyin' Ass B*tch.'

On Tuesday Bachmann's Democratic colleague, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (New York), protested the choice of song and issued a statement calling on NBC to apologize.

After Monday night's show Jimmy Fallon joked that bandleader Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson had been reprimanded, tweeting "@questlove is grounded." However, Tuesday night he went further and apologized: "I'm honored that @michelebachmann was on our show yesterday and I'm so sorry about the intro mess. I really hope she comes back."

Congresswoman Lowey's statement read: "The choice of song to introduce Michele Bachmann on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' last night was insulting and inappropriate. I do not share Michele Bachmann's politics, but she deserves to be treated with respect. No female politician -- and no woman -- should be subjected to sexist and offensive innuendo like she was last night. The Roots, Jimmy Fallon, and NBC should apologize."

The Roots are famous for their snarky choices of walk-on music, and their offerings over the years have included Meat Loaf's 'Two Outta Three Ain't Bad' for the Kardashians, Beck's 'Loser' for Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag, The Cookie Monster's 'C is for Cookie' for Gabourey Sidibe, and Milli Vanilli's 'Girl, You Know it's True' for Ashlee Simpson.

Before the show aired, Questlove tweeted a hint about that night's choice of walk-on music: "aight late night walkon song devotees: you love it when we snark: this next one takes the cake. ask around cause i aint tweeting title." Yesterday he said in a statement, "The performance was a tongue-in-cheek and spur of the moment decision. The show was not aware of it and I feel bad if her feelings were hurt. That was not my intention."

After the introduction Bachmann -- who has not yet commented publicly on the matter -- and Fallon went on to have an awkward interview during which they tried to play a game of 'One Word.'

UPDATE: Bachmann spoke about the incident on Fox News' 'America's Newsroom' this morning. She accepted Fallon's apology, but is demanding one from NBC, as well.

"I'm hoping to be able to speak to Jimmy Fallon today, I don't have anything against Jimmy Fallon, I love him, he's a kick ... But I think the point is that if Michelle Obama had come out on the stage, and if that song had been played for Michelle Obama, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized to her, and like they could have fired the drummer, or at least suspended him. None of that happened from NBC, and this is clearly a form of bias from the Hollywood Entertainment elite, but I think it's also a form of sexism as well. This wouldn't be tolerated if it was Michelle Obama, and it shouldn't be tolerated if it's a conservative women either ... This is an outrage that happened."

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Shame on you Jimmy I thought you had more class then that.

November 25 2011 at 2:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Right. I don't agree with her politics either, but that was horrible and demeaning, not only because she will never win the nomination, but it's just downright ignorant. The very least - that band should be fired. This doesn't fare well for you Mr. Fallon - for all you know, three-quarters of your audience are Republicans and Independents!

November 24 2011 at 2:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Let's all act as if Bachmann were a liberal (This is hard because the media would NEVER allow that to happen!). Let's have (1) a nationwide boycott of Fallon's show and Questlove's music, (2) demands by N.O.W., A.C.L.U., and ACORN that all involved be blacklisted and never work in entertainment again, (3) mass demonstrations at N.B.C. and their homes until our demands are met, and (4) physical assaults on the guilty parties. BUT...it's perfectly fine to do this to a conservative woman. Fallon sure has enhabced hos "street cred".

November 24 2011 at 8:56 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to fuddhouz's comment

LOL I love it...doing what Liberals would do. Supposedly NBC sent her an apology 'letter' but I say they should apologize on national TV since that's where they let her be degraded - what a sad, sad excuse for public television.

November 24 2011 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This band should be fired immediately! Jimmy Fallon has apologized in words but now needs to man up and apologize in his actions. Whether you like Michelle Bachmann or not, this was inexcusable. I'm not surprised, though, how many people have to say such mean things about someone they probably have never even listened to, but because she belongs to a political party they don't like, they bash and find the most disgusting things to spew.
I'm not her fan, but she doesn't deserve to be berated and humiliated just because her opinions are different than your own.

November 24 2011 at 7:39 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to bdkmello's comment

Jimmy Fallon NEVER apologize in words, he apologized in a TWEET which most Americans will never see. It was done on national TV - he shoudl apologize there.

November 24 2011 at 3:27 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The band should be fired from the show. There's no excuse for this.

November 24 2011 at 7:22 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

OH PLEAZE!!! Jimmy, if it were one of your liberal friends e.g. ms. O-bomb-o, or Hill who was so disrespected you would have the dude fired.
This is beyond politics! It was so DISRESPECTFUL and RACIST!!!
I will NEVER watch your show or any other "thing" you are involoved in...

November 24 2011 at 7:19 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

I think it should never have taken so long. A tweet? How degrading. MB showed great class and graciousness by not blaming Jimmy Fallon but in reality he should have been all over this. how shameful but what tdo you expect from NBC? They are a disugusting left wing bunch. As my old granny used to say "what can you expect from a pig but an oink?"

November 24 2011 at 7:10 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Type your comment here Fallon, you're wrong. First of all lets face the facts. The title fits perfectly for that "LAB." With all the hulla-ba-lu she's created, she can't see beyond her own stupidity. She's wrapped up within herself so much she thinks the world revolves around her. It's perfectly ok for her to mouth-off about things such as "Transvaginal Obortions and Double fencing on the borders but she can't take criticism herself, even jokingly. Now she "DEMANDS" an apology? Get a life lady, you're in no position to demand anything. You can't even see your own failures so where do you get off demanding anything? If anyone should be doing any "demanding" it's the general public "demanding" you take a hike off the presidency list. All you're doing is wasting GOP dollars along with dollars you probably got through "insider trading" with the "Stock Act." (Google: "Stock Act" for information) Now shoooooooo and get off my screen and good ridence.

November 24 2011 at 6:41 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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You are really a fool. This was a disrespectful & racist action ! She deserves the same respect as any other person. How the heck you view this disrspectful and racist action as "criticism" is typical of liberals. IF ms. o-bomb-o walked out to that racist music would you feel the same????
YOU would be the first in line DEMANDING the dude be fired and NBC be sanctioned.
PS don't speak for the "general public" I think she is GREAT!!!

November 24 2011 at 7:27 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

To even up the score, next time Obama shows up on Fallon's show, have all the band members dress as black-faced minstrels..........Liberals...Perhaps the most disgusting trait on the planet.

November 24 2011 at 6:27 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

typical lib babies ,most are a bunch of wussies just look at the so called men on msnbc if you put a dress on them you would`nt know if they were a guy or a girl !!

November 24 2011 at 5:41 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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