Jimmy Fallon Addresses Blackface 'SNL' Sketch, Reveals What 'Haunted' Him

Jimmy Fallon issues emotional apology over blackface backlash'I am not racist

Jimmy Fallon issues emotional apology over blackface backlash'I am not racist

Another late-night comic, Jimmy Kimmel, wore blackface to impersonate basketball star Karl Malone while on Comedy Central's The Man Show 20 years ago.

Jimmy Fallon's return to "The Tonight Show" began on a serious note, reflecting on "what is going on in our country" and addressing a controversy that erupted last week after video resurfaced of Fallon in blackface.

"I had to really examine myself - really examine myself - in the mirror this week because a story came out about me on "SNL" doing an impression of Chris Rock in blackface", Fallon continued on Monday's show. Not of people trying to "cancel" me or cancel this show, which is scary enough.

Jimmy then clarified his stance of "not" being a racist and said, "I respect this guy more than I respect most humans".

Fallon says he followed that advice because he was scared of making things worse.

Issuing an emotional apology for the Saturday Night Live impression of Chris Rock from almost two decades ago, the American comedian said he feels 'horrified'. According to Variety, it was first posted on Twitter by a user named "chefboyohdear, " and showed Fallon, as Rock, appearing on a talk show.

"Know why? Because black folks don't like to answer questions. Oh, they want to be millionaires, but you got to ask their kind of question, like, 'In 1981, how many grams of crack did Rick James smoke when he recorded Super Freak?'"

Jimmy Fallon poses backstage at the 72nd Writers Guild Awards at Edison Ballroom on February 01, 2020 in New York City.

The impression was part of a sketch that was filmed in 2000, but it gained traction once again last week.

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"So I thought about it, and I realized that I can't not say I'm horrified, and I'm sorry, and I'm embarrassed", he said.

"Silence is the biggest crime". We need to say something.

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"So, let's figure out how we're going to get along with each other. And that was really honest and very fearless of you, and I appreciate you having the depth, really, to do what you did in that open".

"That's exactly what we all need to do, examine ourselves". That was very honest and courageous of you.

The NAACP chief went on to say that those wanting to understand racism and how it affects people of colour needed to continue to talk and listen to those who experience it.

Fallon's controversial clip was uploaded with the caption "NBC fired Megyn Kelly for mentioning blackface".

Kelly had said blackface was "OK when I was a kid as long as you were dressing like a character".

The backlash was swift, and while she apologised during her next appearance, she was dropped from the show shortly after.

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