Michele Bachmann receives apology from NBC over Jimmy Fallon gag
What was all the commotion about? Fallon’s house band, the Roots, played a snippet from Fishbone’s 1985 song “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” as Bachmann took the stage. She didn’t catch on at first, but after the episode aired and Bachmann found out about the diss, she wanted an apology.
Now, Bachmann spokeswoman Alice Stewart says NBC’s vice president for late night programming, Doug Vaughan, has offered a written apology. The letter called the incident "not only unfortunate but also unacceptable" and assured that the Roots had been "severely reprimanded."
Fallon says he knew nothing of the band’s plans and spoke to the Minnesota congresswoman after tweeting a public apology. "He was extremely nice and friendly and offered his apology, and she accepted it," Stewart told the Associated Press.
Bachmann spent much of Wednesday lashing out at NBC on various media outlets while plugging her new autobiography.
"This is clearly a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite," Bachmann said on the Fox News Channel. She added, "This wouldn't be tolerated if this was Michelle Obama. It shouldn't be tolerated if it's a conservative woman either."
Glenn Beck also offered his two cents on his daily radio show, calling Fallon and friends "two-faced liars." "These people in the mainstream media don't give a flying crap about anything decent," he told viewers.
Meanwhile, Roots bandleader Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson says it was a "tongue-in-cheek and spur-of-the-moment decision."
— Emily Christianson
Photo: Rep. Michelle Bachmann and Jimmy Fallon on "Late Night." Credit: Lloyd Bishop / NBC.
The Associated Press contributed to the report.