A video of comedian and late-night host Jimmy Fallon wearing blackface during a Saturday Night Live sketch recently resurfaced on the Internet. Since the video was posted, Fallon has received public backlash and issued an apology on Tuesday in response to the criticism.
The SNL sketch was taped in 2000 and showed Fallon impersonating Chris Rock while in blackface.
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As a result, #JimmyFallonIsOverParty trended Tuesday morning on Twitter, and prompted the talk show host to issue a statement.
“In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of comedian Chris Rock while in blackface,” Fallon said in a Tweet. “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,” he continued.
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
A Twitter user posted a clip from the skit in question early on Tuesday morning with the caption: “#jimmyfallonisoverparty if ur trying to see what he did.” The video had over a million views as of Wednesday afternoon.