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NBC Apologizes to Michele Bachmann for 'Late Night' Walk On Music

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 24th 2011 6:00AM
Jimmy Fallon apologized to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann Tuesday night for the fact that his 'Late Night' house band The Roots played a snippet of a 1985 Fishbone song called 'Lyin' Ass B*tch' as she was introduced on the show.

Bachmann accepted his apology but demanded one from NBC as well. Doing the rounds of TV and radio talk shows Wednesday Bachmann alleged that NBC's failure to act in the matter demonstrated that she was a victim "of bias from the Hollywood Entertainment elite."

Now the AP reports that the GOP Presidential candidate has received an apology from NBC. According to Bachmann's spokeswoman Alice Stewart, the network's vice president for late night programming, Doug Vaughan, wrote to her offering his most sincere apologies.

Saying the incident was "not only unfortunate but also unacceptable," Vaughn added that The Roots have been "severely reprimanded."

Stewart also told the AP that Fallon apologized again to Bachmann when they spoke on Wednesday. "He was extremely nice and friendly and offered his apology, and she accepted it," she said, adding that Fallon confirmed he was unaware the band planned to play the song. "It's just unfortunate that someone had to do something so disrespectful."

'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' airs Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC.

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They would not have pulled "a joke" like that if the President, VP, First Lady, etc... had walked out on the stage. Yes, we all know it is a comedy show, but there are many lines that they can not cross. Given all that has happened, if Herman Cain walked out on stage, I can see how they might play "*itches and Hos". However, what they did was unprecedented. I don't know what the band thought they were accomplishing by pulling such a bonehead stunt like that. Michele Bachmann was the last person on my list for who I would support for the presidency, but after that, I can't help but feel some sympathy for her now. Way to show some class NBC.

November 29 2011 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Reverend Puck

Even forbid a comedy show perform a joke.
What will people think of next?

November 24 2011 at 12:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Severely reprimanded? What did NBC do ? Give quest love a medal?

November 24 2011 at 12:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the *only* acceptable remedy is to fire the sexist, racist band. and people wonder why NBC is woefully lagging in viewers. fallon and anyone associated with the "show" should be ashamed.

November 24 2011 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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