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Jimmy Fallon apologises for ‘unquestionably offensive’ blackface skit

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US late night time TV host Jimmy Fallon has apologised for carrying blackface throughout a Saturday Night Live (SNL) sketch 20 years in the past.

NBC’s Tonight Show star may be seen with darkish make-up within the scene, the place he portrayed fellow comic and SNL solid member Chris Rock showing on a chat present.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Telecast host Jimmy Fallon attends the Universal, NBC, Focus Features, E! Entertainment Golden Globes after party sponsored by Chrysler on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NBCUniversal)
Image: Jimmy Fallon says he made a ‘horrible choice’ to put on blackface

Fallon tweeted: “In 2000, whereas on SNL, I made a horrible choice to do an impersonation of Chris Rock whereas in blackface.

“There is not any excuse for this.

“I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.”

Fallon appeared on SNL from 1998 till 2004, when he left the present to pursue a film profession, showing in a number of movies – together with alongside Drew Barrymore in comedy Fever Pitch in 2005.

He later grew to become the sixth everlasting host of The Tonight Show in 2014.

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Jimmy Fallon starred alongside Drew Barrymore in comedy Fever Pitch in 2005
Image: Jimmy Fallon starred alongside Drew Barrymore in comedy Fever Pitch in 2005

Reports that such a clip existed first emerged within the US media in February 2019, and on Tuesday, the hashtag #jimmyfallonisoverparty started trending on Twitter.

It will not be the primary time a white SNL star has been solid in a black function on the present.

In 1984, actor Billy Crystal portrayed Sammy Davis Jr, and extra just lately, Fred Armisen impersonated former US president Barack Obama.

Jimmy Fallon became the sixth permanent Tonight Show host in 2014
Image: Jimmy Fallon grew to become the sixth everlasting Tonight Show host in 2014

Robert Downey Jr and comic Sarah Silverman have additionally been criticised for carrying blackface, whereas Fallon’s fellow late night time host Jimmy Kimmel has additionally come below fireplace for carrying make-up to impersonate Oprah Winfrey.

Last September, Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau apologised for dressing up in blackface for a celebration within the 1990s, saying “the layers of privilege” he has benefited from meant he didn’t see that it was racist.

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He made an announcement following the discharge of photos of him doing it on two different events, which practically noticed his re-election marketing campaign derailed.