Jimmy Fallon apologizes for wearing blackface in resurfaced ‘SNL’ clip playing Chris Rock


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Jimmy Fallon tweeted about this 2000 ‘Saturday Night Live’ clip in which he impersonated comedian Chris Rock

Chris Rock
The hashtag #jimmyfallonisoverparty was trending on Tuesday while users called out the NBC late-night host for the sketch, in which Fallon did an impersonation of the former
cast member (Rock was on the show from 1990 to 1993).
“In 2000, while on
, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface,” Fallon wrote. “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.”
, the clip was resurfaced by the Twitter user @chefboyohdear, who wrote: “NBC fired Megyn Kelly for mentioning blackface.

Jimmy Fallon performed on NBC in blackface.” The video has racked up nearly 1 million views.
Here’s the clip, which costars Darrell Hammond:
Previously, comedian Sarah Silverman was criticized for wearing blackface during a sketch from a 2007 episode of
The Sarah Silverman Show
. Also, as referenced in the tweet, NBC canceled
Megyn Kelly Today
after blackface controversy in 2018.
Rock and NBC have not publicly commented on the sketch. Rock will next be seen in a dramatic role in FX’s
season 4, which is expected to resume filming later this summer and premiere this fall.
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