Jimmy Fallon Offers Emotional Apology For ‘SNL’ Blackface Skit In ‘Tonight Show’ Return, Gets Support From NAACP’s Derrick Johnson & CNN’s Don Lemon

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Jimmy Fallon Offers Emotional Apology For ‘SNL’ Blackface Skit In ‘Tonight Show’ Return, Gets Support From NAACP’s Derrick Johnson & CNN’s Don Lemon
Jimmy Fallon returned to The Tonight Show on Monday after a week off. He was expected to address the Memorial Day death of George Floyd and the massive protests that it triggered. But Fallon started off his first original episode in 11 days with a personal message before weighing in on the new wound in the nation’s race relations opened by Floyd’s death at the hands of a cop.

Promising a “different kind of show,” Fallon right off the bat addressed a controversy that erupted online around the time of Floyd’s death and involved a resurfaced 2000 Saturday Night Live skit featuring then-cast member Fallon appearing in blackface to impersonate SNL alum Chris Rock.

“I had to 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,” he said on The Tonight Show. “And I was horrified.
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