Jimmy Fallon Addresses Blackface 'SNL' Sketch, Reveals What 'Haunted' Him

Lawrence Kim
June 3, 2020

"I'm going to start this personally and then expand out because that's where we all need to start: with ourselves and looking at ourselves in the mirror".

It opened with the host addressing a 2000 "SNL" sketch in which he impersonated Chris Rock in blackface and apologising for it. Fallon spoke of how he was advised to "stay quiet", but realised that would only be contributing to the problem.

"So I thought about it, and I realized that I can't not say I'm horrified, and I'm sorry, and I'm embarrassed", he said.

"I was horrified - not at the fact that people were trying to cancel me or cancel the show, which is scary enough".

TV host Jimmy Fallon has apologised for an old sketch that featured him dressed in blackface that came to light again recently. "I'm going to have a different kind of show", Fallon said Monday.

'I am not a racist. "I don't feel this way". "And that was the advice because we're all afraid".

"Fallon had previously issued a brief apology on Twitter for his "terrible decision" after the calls for his cancellation began trending under the hashtag, "#whyjimmyfallonisover." There is no excuse for this.

"I respect this guy more than I respect most humans", Jimmy continued. We need to keep saying something.

Johnson responded by saying, "We are all born flawed, but flawed is part of the journey we are on to get to perfection".

Fallon said he initially took that advice because he thought he would say something that would "make this worse". It takes action for any real change to occur.

"We can not try to bury this again", he said. It's not going to get buried.

He further made reference to the manner in which he spoke about challenging topics such as these in the past, saying: "You can't just hope everyone loves each other. We can't say "be the change" and just sit around tweeting 'be the change, be the change'".

In order to get more perspective on the history of racism in America, Fallon then interviewed Derrick Johnson, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. "In this time, many people are searching for answers and display of anger and hopelessness and wandering, more people need to speak about where they are with an authentic voice", Johnson said. "And that was really honest and very fearless of you, and I appreciate you having the depth, really, to do what you did in that open".

Later, Fallon chatted with CNN anchor Don Lemon, who also praised the comedian for his introductory remarks.

The NAACP chief went on to say that those wanting to understand racism and how it affects people of colour needed to continue to talk and listen to those who experience it.

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