Jimmy Fallon apologized Tuesday after a Saturday Night Live the sketch that was broadcast 20 years ago resurfaced with him appearing in blackface to usurp the identity of his former colleague SNL actor Chris Rock.
The video toured social media over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, sending the trendy hashtag #jimmyfallonisoverparty Tuesday morning. Fallon, now the host of NBC The Tonight Show, asked Twitter to apologize for the sketch, calling his identity theft from Rock while in Blackface “a terrible decision” and “unquestionably an offensive decision”.
Although the full sketch is not available on NBC online platforms, part of it was uploaded to YouTube in early February 2019, shortly after the cancellation of NBC News Megyn Kelly today in the wake of Blackface’s defense on the morning host The video, which has now been posted on Twitter, refers to Kelly’s dismissal. (you can watch it below.)
Fallon was an actor on SNL from 1998 to 2004 before moving to house Late at night with Jimmy Fallon. He eventually became the host of The Tonight Show in 2014. The three shows are now produced by Lorne Michaels.
Rock is gone SNL in 1993 after three seasons.