Jimmy Fallon apologises for ‘unquestionably offensive’ blackface after widespread backlash

Jimmy has apologised for using blackface (Picture: Getty Images)

Jimmy Fallon has apologised for using blackface back in 2000 on Saturday Night Live.

The talk show host has recently faced backlash after a video of him doing an impression of Chris Rock re-emerged.

He tweeted: ‘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.’

One unimpressed viewer had tweeted: ‘People are ACTUALLY defending jimmy Fallon for doing black face saying “he was doing a skit, it was a impersonation” I just don’t have any faith in this world anymore… how could you be so brain dead! You guys don’t even know the definition of blackface.’

Another added: ‘Jimmy Fallon doing blackface why is impersonating black ppl so funny back in the day I hate it here.’

One more simply added: ‘Not Jimmy Fallon in blackface’.

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

Jimmy Fallon doing blackface why is impersonating black ppl so funny back in the day I hate it here pic.twitter.com/VWGw01zibq

— hiba 𖧵 ON LOVE ⁷ 💕 (@hiboiki) May 26, 2020

It’s not the first time the video has circulated the internet, with Nick Cannon previously slamming the Tonight Show host, along with the likes of Jimmy Kimmel, for using blackface in previous years.

Nick shared a compilation of footage and wrote: ‘Are these your Kings of Late Night???

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‘@JimmyFallon @JimmyKimmel you know I’m always on the side of the comedian and never pander to the sensitive, but I feel there needs to be some “truth & reconciliation” discussions and teachable moments amongst our communities.

‘I’m ready and willing for the discourse, so who wants to step up to the table first? In the meantime, I’ll just leave this right here. Tell the Jimmys to holla at me!’

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