The host of NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show’, Jimmy Fallon has responded to recently surfaced images of him in blackface from an SNL skit in 2000. Twitter exploded overnight once the story broke, with many calling for Fallon to resign from the show. Jimmy Kimmel however, is yet to face a similar response after a video has emerged of the ABC talk show host also in blackface.
Twitter reacts: Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon did blackface in 2000 on SNL
Talk show host, Jimmy Fallon has been the biggest name on social media in recent days after images have surfaced of Fallon in blackface during an SNL sketch. Twitter led a furious campaign to ‘cancel’ the comedian and TV host, succeeding in getting #jimmyfallonisoverparty trending. In the skit, Fallon is seen impersonating Chris Rock, who is yet to make a comment.
Shortly after, Jimmy Fallon released an apology via Twitter. “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,” the tweet read.
Whilst Fallon has apologized for the skit on SNL in 2000, it’s likely NBC will act accordingly to the level of public outrage. Former news anchor for NBC, Megyn Kelly was dropped from the network after defending the use of blackface.
“Truly, you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a black person who put on whiteface for Halloween,” she said. “When I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressing up as a character,” she said back in 2018.
Jimmy Kimmel is next to face scrutiny after videos have emerged of the talk show host in blackface
A number of other SNL sketches show similar use of blackface, with many on Twitter highlighting a number of other famous faces that are yet to make statements. ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel being one of them. Kimmel has been criticized for his use of blackface whilst impersonating Karl Malone in a skit.
Kimmel has not responded to any of the recent claims, unlike his companion on NBC.