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Questlove says all 'Late Night' songs must be approved by NBC

December 8, 2011 | 12:54 pm


Questlove has revealed in a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine that the music controversy that sprang from GOP candidate Michele Bachmann's November appearance on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" has resulted in a new level of network oversight.

According to the New York Post, Questlove says the morning after he and the "Late Night" house band the Roots introduced Bachmann on the show with the Fishbone song "Lyin' Ass Bitch," he was brought to NBC's headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza and told that every song the Roots played would have to be approved by three NBC executives.

Fallon is quoted in the magazine as saying, "It was a real bummer. We don’t want to censor anyone, but... I don’t know. Maybe Questlove is a Romney guy."

The musical dig stirred up a heap of outraged controversy after it happened, causing NBC to apologize for the incident.

But the Roots man doesn't stop there with the revelations. He also says "Community" actress Alison Brie leaves him tongue-tied. "That girl is my Kryptonite," he says.


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— Patrick Kevin Day

Photo: Questlove, right, with David Bernahl at Lexus Live on the Plaza. John Sciulli / Getty Images